Living Life Poetically

Living Life Poetically: Moments in Time

Whether you took Philosophy in college or not, you’ve probably heard the much-debated question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?

Well, here’s another philosophical question for you to ponder:

Is there such a thing as time without change?

Lately, I’ve been working on another writing project outside of this blog. And in the process, I literally had to stop in the middle of the page to consider the relationship between time and change.

Examples of change are as simple as when we physically move from point A to point B, the position of the sun in the sky as it rises and sets, or just things getting older. But if everything were to remain EXACTLY the same, would there even be the concept of time?

…Without change?

Taking things a step further, how do we define the present within the construct of time? Because of constant change, the present is technically here one moment and gone forever. Meaning that there isn’t a single second in history that will ever repeat itself.

Okay, that was a whole lot of deep thoughts. And sometimes, the best way to express and absorb them is with a poem.

Reflect and restore as you read “Moments in Time.”

Moments in Time
Photo Credit: Original image by Canva. Edited by E. Ballay

What is the present?
How long does it last?
How long before the present becomes past?

In a millisecond?
In the blink of an eye?
What qualifies as time gone by?

After all, it’s only with constant change,
That we can compare what is to what was;
And we realize there is never really a pause.

Only with constant change,
Does time need to be arranged

Hence, it moves forward,
As we chose it to be measured.

And so, fractions of seconds never return.
And minutes and hours are forever gone.

Days and years,
Are eventually in yesteryear.

While decades and centuries,
Become our histories.

Here one moment, gone the next.

Time moves forward,
As it’s been measured.
Therefore the “present”–Well, it must always be treasured.

By E. Ballay

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