Slowing down time

Many of us lead madly busy lives, which can make the months and years pass in a blur. Can we do anything to slow down time? How about learning to live in the present moment? Most of us are guilty of living in the past or in the future, our minds always occupied by some other time or place, or in some kind of fantasy; but perhaps we need to learn to engage much more with the present moment (be it good or bad, maybe?). This poem attempts to explore this idea. I would suggest it is a discipline for the mind, with many benefits. Not my idea, of course: all the religious traditions have a place for contemplation and meditation. Perhaps we need to bring it into our daily lives.

A moment in mid-March

When the rain has run its courseblackbird
for now,
when the cool easterly breeze
is putting the mud to sleep
and the mid-March sunshine
has kissed your skin
and the slanting sunlight
through the waking trees
warms the daffodils’ elegance
before the night’s chill clarity,
do not look forwardsnowdrops
to the summer,
do not look back
to the winter,
but listen to the blackbird’s insistence
that this is the moment,
this, and this,
and then this,
and no other.
Go out and stand
beneath your vast, cloudless sky,
allow the dust to blow from your eyes
and know that the snowdrops’ tough grace,
the rooks’ rendering of spring song,
the meadows’ slow, mute renewal,
this moment,
the one and only moment there is,
wherever it is,
can never be bettered,
though you will never believe it.

© David Urwin 2015



About jadedmountain

I am a poet, living a rural life in south-west Wales. The purpose of this blog is to publicise my poetry.
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2 Responses to Slowing down time

  1. Franca says:

    Beautiful. I love it!


  2. Red Kite says:

    Present time is all we have for sure ~
    Springtime, a moment reading your poem, the enjoyment of it, now.


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