Reflection on time - Penny Snowden
This present reality in which we find ourselves has given rise to a heightened sense of the passage of time. We are not able to divide our hours up in the accustomed way. Even those who are able to work from home face a different reality. This can give us a new freedom which seems at odds with being ‘locked down’. We can look at time with renewed awareness.
Determined, single-minded, dogged
the limpet clings to the face of the rock.
Hour after hour, solid, stoical
unresisting - not to be deflected
Epitome of patience and self will.
Then at last the waves nudge the rock
the sea steadily rises to submerge the shell:
all is action now - and life begins.
Water swirls - and the limpet moves free
But when the water recedes, to its inevitable pattern,
the limpet finds the same groove of rock
and the waves no longer reach the shell
And all is still.
But so long is spent in waiting
Enduring the hours
That, in the end
The equation of time