A Waste of Time

When I was a young boy asked to perform some chore
I would often reply, “in a minute”. I thought the use of
such a phrase might enable me to postpone the task.

It never did.

From as far back as I can remember my time-keeping
has been poor. I have been late for dates, interviews
hospital appointments and important meetings.

Time held no value.

Auden said, “Time will say nothing but I told you so”,
but time moved too fast for me to hear or perhaps I
chose not to listen.

I have wasted time.

Time has unexpectedly slowed in middle age. I appreciate
the minutes and the hours spent with loved ones and in
doing those things that I enjoy.

Time to relax.

Inevitably time will speed up once more but I don’t mind. It
feels like standing on loose sand and sinking – sometimes
slowly, often not – depending on my own actions.

“The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” (Bertrand Russell)



poem © copyright Brian Shirra 2012


4 thoughts on “A Waste of Time

  1. This was beautifully written. I so appreciated it today of all days as I’m just lazing about with nothing to do and enjoying every moment of it. I am learning to appreciate the minutes too.

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