Time Twister

Happiness, so the ancient proverb goes, does not notice the passing of time,
Meanwhile, we oscillate between frantic schedules and boredom today,
Weighing those tragic instances when the world seems to stop in the present,
Or when hours fly quickly by in dreams and morph their way into tomorrow.
They say time heals even though persistent memories melt into our future,
So that the seconds drag on to fade and contort our yesterday.

Wake up, dreamer; the end is closer today than yesterday!
The day is running soft resembling fine cheese primed in the heat of time,
No matter how many hours we’ve known, we are captives of the future,
Such that the past flows through our hands so fluidly today,
As if we could mold each moment into the outer rind of tomorrow.
Alas, there is no time like the present!

Now, there is this One who stands above time to see past and future as present.
Our days on earth are transient shadows; were we born but yesterday?
Considering each day has its own trouble, why do we worry about tomorrow?
Even now, God makes everything beautiful in its own time,
Patiently swinging the absolute pendulum of today,
While dwelling perfectly in the realm of eternity’s future.

Finding divine wisdom will lead to a bright future,
Because wisdom is not just an ideal, but a Person fully present.
Do you really believe future generations will remember what you do today
Or that your soul will be contained in the sand-filled glass of yesterday?
Only fools idle away their time
And boast on what they will do tomorrow.

For which of us can say what will really happen tomorrow?
Only God can speak into your future
Because He is Spirit; in no way constrained by space and time.
By the power of His word, He upholds our very universe at present,
And to Him, a thousand years are as yesterday.
God is the Alpha and Omega tomorrow and today.

Because the Lord has an eternal purpose for today,
There is joy in knowing He changes not – this day or tomorrow.
Just as sure as this poem began with the end yesterday,
The Messiah will re-invade history in the future.
Will you be ready, will you be present?
There is a new dawn that follows this long night of Time.

His manifold grace is the same yesterday and today –
Truth stands the test of time, while lies get exposed tomorrow –
Is your hope for the future present?

Poetry Type: Sestina

The first sestina I wrote can be found here. This is the second.

This poem was inspired by a challenge at Amy Leigh Cutler’s blog. She suggested to use Salvidor Dali’s painting on “The Persistence of Memory” as a sestina writing prompt.

Both graphics courtesy of www.heartlight.org

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35 Comments

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35 responses to “Time Twister

  1. thank you, Scotti… I needed this above all today!

    • Hi Cindy,
      Thank you! I haven’t blogged in about a year! I am ready to dive back in!
      Blessings,
      Scotti

      • Ha! Yes, I understand not getting to the bloggers pages! I enjoy your poetry above all else. I suscribe, so when I saw your name pop up, I was a very happy girl! I’ve been spending more time on fb than wp! I’m glad you’re feeling creative again!

  2. Leslie Chalet

    You have a very special gift and I am so blessed to be on the receiving end of God’s work through you!! I love you sis!!! Les

  3. Wow, Scotti…when you come back you REALLY come back! Not sure where to begin on this one, but it is probably my new favorite of yours. I’ll be reading it several times to be sure. It reminds me of something Corrie Ten Boom said. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.”

    Was happy to see you show up in my alerts this morning. It blesses me to see how God is using you with this gift. Look forward to more!

    Blessings,
    David

  4. Hi Scotti. It has always blown my mind how God is not bound by time, but He operates in past, present and future. He knows the end from the beginning, and He has a plan for each one of our lives, if we will allow Him to let it unfold. Thanks for what you shared here today. It’s good to see you writing again. 🙂

    • Thanks, Carol! I have a lot of catching up to do on all my favorite blogs! It really is mind boggling to think that God is not constrained by space or time or anything else for that matter!

  5. Scotti,
    Thanks! This is some deep stuff! He is God alone! Bless you!

  6. Sylvia

    Hi Scotti

    I’ve missed you! So good to see your new writing. Always a blessing to read your poetry and thoughts and heart. Bless you.

    • Hi Sylvia,
      It’s good to be back! There is a certain fellowship that can be found in the blogosphere that I have missed but it is time consuming. Praying you are doing well!
      Scotti

  7. Scotti, congratulations on a beautifully executed Sestina. You were successful in not forcing the line endings and in presenting a timely, cohesive message.

  8. Lisa Kramer

    Powerful sestina. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  9. I enjoy this very fine write, Scotti!
    Warmly
    Marinela

  10. God bless you Scotti. Rev.22: 1-5

    • Hi Stan,
      Thank you for reminding me of this scripture. What a glorious promise!
      Blessings,
      Scotti

      “And he showed me a pure[a] river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Rev 22:1-5

  11. I had to go through all the sestina posts, through the challenge post and I find this intriguing and rather brilliant. As a novice writer (say that because I ran away from writing some 8 years ago and just took it back up recently) I am not prepared to take up this challenge. You mastered it brilliantly…I am keeping things simple, so I hope you come by my blog again and read the new little poem I’ve written, would like to see your review….

  12. veritasxlogos

    Beautiful!

    Wisdom is not an ideal, its a person. Yes. YES!

    You get it. That is why I always check your blog first when returning from the long absences I have become too accustomed to. Thank you.

    ~VxL

  13. i like the carpe diem in this…living the day and acting responsible so that someone can build tomorrow on what i have started today..

  14. nice…really great write scotti…def like the encouragement within this….some really great lines through out and i would say some fine wisdom as well…smiles.

  15. Interesting style… I liked it and have to try it some time. I enjoyed your verse a lot.

    Thanks for Sharing. Wish you have a happy new year. May you have peace, love and prosperity.

    Shashi
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    http://shadowdancingwithmind.blogspot.com/2011/12/whisper-no-one-is-there-in-living-haiku.html
    At Twitter @VerseEveryDay

    • Thank you for visiting, Shashi and taking time to comment. I have only tried two Sestinas because I find it to be a difficut form. I enjoy the challenge of trying various poetic forms. Many blessings to you this New Year!
      Scotti

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