Our Enemy Time – A Pantoum

Is there a greater foe than time?
It passes by without a care,
defying all reason and all rhyme.
No one has any time to spare.

It passes by without a care,
leaving me bereft of thought.
No one has any time to spare,
Time is precious, we are taught.

Leaving me bereft of thought,
though time flies fast when occupied.
Time is precious we are taught,
If there’s plenty, then they lied.

The time flies fast when occupied
to waste it is the greatest crime
There’s not plenty, they haven’t lied
We have just a moment in our prime.

To waste it is the greatest crime,
Defying all reason and all rhyme,
we have only moments in our prime.
There’s not a greater foe than time.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 22/July/2018


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11 thoughts on “Our Enemy Time – A Pantoum”

    1. Another new word I had learnt at the beginning of the year was ‘acrostics’. I read a couple of books on them at the time. I’ll look up ‘pantoum’ as well, now that I know what it means. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Yes time is quite a strange thing, which makes it an excellent subject for a poem. The Pantoum form is rather strange too, with it’s repeating patter, but it lends itself to something that recurs over and over again, like time or the seasons. I’m pleased you liked it. 🙂

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