Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Magpie Thirty-Two



Carpe Diem ~~ Tempus Fugit

no way to slow the relentless
passage of time
whether the quantity is 

great or small 
 sand flows with
a constant speed
like an hourglass 

the sands of our lives 
eventually run dry
unlike an hourglass 

we cannot flip ourselves over 
begin anew ~ 
time flies, seize the day  



48 comments:

  1. "...cannot flip myself over and begin anew..." Oh how horribly true, how horribly true!!

    Rick

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  2. That Bucket List of mine needs tweeking - and I need to do that today! Nice post.

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  3. Gravity always let us down, humans, sand grains or even time (there is a theory about gravity being a entropic force).

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  4. "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day"
    ~William Shakespeare

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  5. Yes, no flippin' you over!

    I guess that take will be seen by many... me too.
    I'm impressed with the Latin!

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  6. speaking of wisdom.. this is entirely true.

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  7. Wonderfully elegant write here. Great job. Love and Light, Sender

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  8. Helen,
    Oh how we mortals live...
    I loved this but can't help feeling a bit rushed for time!

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  9. What you said is so true, and well said! A little sobering as well. Thank you.

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  10. Great post Helen! We are on the same page!

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  11. "Sands of my life will eventually run out" and "I cannot flip over" mind blowing lines.. Loved those...

    Live for the day and live each day fully.. Cheers to life... Great mag helen !!!

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  12. How true, how true - and beautifully expressed.

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  13. "cannot flip myself over and begin anew..."
    It is my sincere wish that we indeed can.
    Whether you're early or late,
    I'll meet you on the other side
    of the lemniscate.
    I like this and look forward to reading you more.

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  14. All we can do is go with the flow... :)

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  15. Maybe a little yoga and you will be able to be flipped over, perhaps even slow down the sand?

    you are right though; seize the day

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  16. A beautiful, stirring and deeply philosophical write. Your words are so true - time stands still for no one, we must make the most of the little time we have.

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  17. Thought provoking and filled with an awareness of the moments passing. And yes, sieze each one and fill it, for it won't come again,

    Elizabeth

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  18. Very insightful poem. I can relate to it, and I must definitely seize the day.

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  19. Oh, it does, it does! Timely piece! :)

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  20. seize the day...or if ya can, the time piece :)

    Rene

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  21. Yes, seize the day, seize life...bkm

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  22. Very nicely done. This is a wonderful reminder to live each moment equally.

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  23. A thought that obsesses us all - increasingly. Elegantly put.

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  24. Helen,
    So much truth here!
    You're right of course, we can't flip it over, but if we ride every grain to the max, then perhaps one pass is enough. ;)
    rel

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  25. Dear Helen: Indeed! Time runs out we must seize the day and enjoy every squeeze! That too! Your poem is an eyeopener for the sleeping! Wake up our time is near so let's P-A-R-T-Y!!!(even if it isnt THAT near we still should have partying rights in the constitution!moreso now that 2012 may be the "end of standard time" maybe they're going Zulu? Crazy time had by all! Excellent!

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  26. wise words, to be taken to heart by all.

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  27. My philosophy, exactly. We were thinking along similar lines when composing our magpies this week.

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  28. Yes. There is not a single moment to waste.

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  29. wisdom none too subtle..dont know that i would want to flip myself over if i could...nice mag!

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  30. That's why carpe diem is so important... no way to stop the time, all we can do live every second as the last and not look at watches , especially not sand ones! lol

    AND happy Birthday! ;)
    I hope you have a great Saturday and Sunday and you celebrate with those you love in peace and harmony!

    Dulce

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  31. Yep! When one minute goes by...it will never repeat. Gone. FOREVER. Except in memory? (But not exactly...)

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  32. It seems that we all know how we "should" live our lives, and yet not a day passes that I don't mire myself down with the "mundane", the "shoulds" and all the things that go bump in the night.

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  33. This is it! One time! Grab fistfuls and live large. But I think you just might.

    Happy Birthday, Helen. Thank you for sharing my way.

    xo
    erin

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  34. It is your birthday? According to Woman in a Window it is...so best wishes for many more decades of years of months of days of hours of minutes flowing beautifully as you seize them all, one by one. :)

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  35. Carpe Diem. I did Latin at school. Imagine that. Unfortunately those hours spent with Amo ams amat were not Carpe diem for a young lad. Sad but true.
    I have learnt my lesson.

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  36. You are so flippin right! Don't we all wish we could flip the hourglass and begin again.

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  37. This is wonderful -- "my sand flows with a constant speed" "flip myself over and begin anew" I love these lines.

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  38. Love this Helen....seize the day...such true words! :-)

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  39. "Seize the day-time flies."

    You said that right. Nice magpie!

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  40. Seize the day has always been my motto...
    How do we carb time?
    The analogy is just brilliant Helen...

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  41. Interesting rhythm, and such true thoughts!

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