Time Has No Edge

Gustav Klimt, “The Kiss”

Time has no edge, no borders fence
its undiscovered frontiers,
the shadowy seas of before merge
into the ocean of after. The currents carry us,
voyagers on a ship of life, knowledge, and memory
as we sail in-between, barely noticing,

the spindrift carried by the wind, drifting,

barely remembering
how a month was forever at five years old, then understanding
that an entire lifetime can be lived in a minute’s dream,
and realizing
that a glance, a smile, a laugh, a kiss can last forever—and beyond,
timeless.

For dVerse, where Lisa has asked us to write a poem about edges or fringes. Work in progress. 😀

80 thoughts on “Time Has No Edge

  1. ‘the shadowy seas of before merge
    into the ocean of after. ‘
    This reminded me of the prosery prompt about ‘the wrong end of the telescope of time.’ It does indeed seem like we have an unlimited amount when we are young then…what happens?!

  2. I’m loving this one, Merril; My Beloved Sandra and I have The Kiss over our fireplace.
    It’s all good, but your closing stanza is mind-numbingly awesome. Thanks!

  3. barely remembering
    how a month was forever at five years old, then understanding
    that an entire lifetime can be lived in a minute’s dream,

    God, Merril, this is so wise and true.

    -David

  4. I can tell that I really like a poem when I feel compelled to read it aloud and that was definitely this case with this one. The last stanza really hit me hard, because I have recently been thinking a lot about the first time I really fell in love, almost forty years ago. Indeed a kiss can last forever.

  5. Merril, this is mesmerizingly gorgeous — spectacular my friend… WOW! I too used the sea/ocean for it’s mystery as the edge of the world, of our thoughts, of our dreams, of time, of our life…

  6. Very nicely done! Time is like the universe… no beginning and no end… just events in between! I like this… then understanding
    that an entire lifetime can be lived in a minute’s dream,
    Your Epiphany moment!

  7. A stunning poem about time, Merril, which drifts like the ‘spindrift carried by the wind’ and captures moments like the kiss that can last forever. Time is a human concept, it’s whatever we want it to be – no edge, just a collection of memories.

  8. Wonderful, more beautiful than Klimt’s art.
    I only learnt of his art in the last decade. At first I thought it odd. Now, I still think it’s odd, but it frees me.
    Your lovely poem has taught me a new word, “spindrift”.
    The first time I read the poem, I read spendthrift.
    It still all made sense. LOL!

  9. Well you had me with the Klimt painting! I LOVE this painting! I have a different Klimt hanging in my study. We were so fortunate to see original Klimts on one of our European trips….the gold on the is astounding!
    I love this riff on time…..a month to a child….a kiss….a relationship yes, can be timeless. These days of Covid isolation have really blurred time for me. I have a day planner and put to-dos in each day so I can at least check off something done….but they are the same almost every day, the mundane. Water 1, Water 2 (I try to drink 2 glasses of water a day), pills, treadmill, shoulder/back exercises (new as of last week), clean bathroom etc. You get the picture. Actually, having to go for physical therapy appointments twice a week now, for six weeks, has me getting sort of dressed up and out of the house. A welcome change even though the exercises etc hurt like hell! 🙂 Covid vaccine #2 comes March 22nd….that’s a piece of TIME I am looking forward to and counting down to! 🙂 Ah….time…………

  10. time certainty has no edges as it can be a paradox and can be timeless. One of the best pieces I’ve read in a while. I also do poetry on my blog as well, feel free to check it out if you’re interested, have a great day !

  11. Very cool poem! I love this one! You capture the concept of time in such a powerful way; you capture the magic of time ‘standing still’, be it in our imagination, or in our memories. Lovely image also, of sailing out in the sea of life…

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