It’s About Time – A Soliloquy

fliI dunno what you see
when you look at me.

I guess some folks
see a big dumb
goofy looking musclehead.
That’s me.

Some folks see a man2
who is only part grown up,
and won’t act his age.
That’s me.

Others see a guy
who can’t keep his mouth shut
… when something’s on his little
That’s me.

Still others see a bear
that might be dangerous
to poke at with a stick.
That’s me, too.

There’s a lot of other things
you could be seeing,
but those are the most common.

I don’t see any of that stuff
when I look in the mirror, though.

What I see,
is the same thing I’ve seen
for the last 50 years or so.z5

A searcher without a landmark….

A seeker with no questions ……

but found.

but lost.

A pebble in time1
being washed- inexorably- downstream.


My life is passing as you watch along the shore
As it moves inexorably by
I see you there but I am helpless
To resist the natural pull downstream

Drifting in the endless blue
Paddling hard or not at all
It’s all the same to the river1903
Drifting in the endless blue

Try as I might
Try as I will
The river moves and so do I
Powerless to do anything but wave

Drifting in the endless blue
Struggling hard or not at all
It’s all the same to my fate
Drifting in the endless bluea1

But if you walk down to the water
And see the reflection of what has past
Remember that some of that
Are my tears as I passed you by.


It’s this thing “time”

it’s got me bugged.

I’ve studied it from 1909
every perspective I could –
but it’s a concept I still
can’t get my arms around.

It pervades all things around us –
and thus, one can’t help but wonder
whether change is the only real function
in a purely linear time–
or whether change is simply an indicatorde
of where we are in an endless cycle of time.

Hey –

I know there’s been plenty of
bright guys who have worked
on comprehending it-

Time is what Einstein was trying
to explain in his famous equation E=MC2 —new

The rate at which time flows
depends on where you are,
and how fast you are travelling.

It was King Solomon (not the Byrds)
who first expressed time as akin
to a Divine plan for living :

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.



Sir Isaac Newton did much of
his work in an effort to expound
time as a mechanism:

That absolute, true, and mathematical time,
from its own nature, passes equably
without relation to the anything external,
and thus without reference to any change
or way of measuring of time
(e.g., the hour, day, month, or year).

Immanuel Kant worked up a whole system
of philosophy around his ideas regarding time.z2

That time is not an empirical concept
or a discursive concept,
but rather is a “pure form of sensible intuition”.

And, I guess if you don’t want to think about it,
it’s easy enough to just accept it for what it seems to be….
— a limited commodity of ticks and tocks —

But how do you look up at the stars
in a bright night sky and not see time ?z4

How do you listen to the rustle of leaves
or the crashing of waves and not hear time?

How do the rays of the sun
warm your skin without you feeling time?

How do you watch your loved ones
grow old right in front of you
and not reflect on time?

When you read the work ofz3
Ripley, Boehme, CG Jung,
even Matthew Fox —
don’t you get the feeling
that they’re not discussing:
the transmutability of metals,
the purification of the soul,
the individuation of the self,
or the unification of the spirit,

……….. but what they’re really tired
talking about is TIME?

I guess if the great minds of history
have had so much trouble with it …..
I’ve got very little chance
understanding it myself, huh?

But I do know one thing about time —–

You and me, as we are in our
current state of Be-ing,ship
are running out of it —

So lets enjoy being everything we are
or think we are
and LIVE.





Cheers !!!!





26 thoughts on “It’s About Time – A Soliloquy

  1. Paloma says:

    Wonderful post, C —- with one of my favorite songs. Very conscious of time these days too …. seems like the parade is passing me by (noted that to G too).

    And yeah… my ass is pretty tired too.

    We should follow the Big Bambu philosophy perhaps: “I don’t do tiiime, maaaaan.”


  2. Great post, C!
    When I think of you, I think all wonderful things! i appreciate you and your friendship! 🙂
    You’ve shared some powerful quotes and poems here!
    Yes, we must enjoy the time…today…not knowing which day will be our last.
    Also, this post made me think of: “We must not allow other people’s limited perceptions to define us.”
    ― Virginia Satir
    HUGS from a fellow-seeker-searcher-wanderer!!! 🙂

  3. Wow! I loved everything about this. I also have heard a bit of wisdom concerning bears and poking them: it’s never wise, but it’s especially dangerous when they are eating meatballs.

  4. RAS says:

    Chris, I absolutely love this. Wonderful post.

  5. julespaige says:

    When that great hour glass empties…
    flip it over. 🙂

    Everyone says make each moment count.
    However I also believe that in just resting to watch nature, we can also be using time in a valuable way.

    One can take both the attributes of the tortoise and the hare.
    Be prepared, and when you do win – forget to wallow.
    Enjoy and be present in the moment.

  6. ktz2 says:

    An especially fine post, with deep thought on the subject, the perception and realities. I’m used to it now but I found it a bit shocking and depressing when I first found myself referrng to particular events of the past as being 20, 25, or 40 years ago.
    And the Stones and others already past their -5 0- year mark

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