How I tell time

Do you worry about the
seconds, minutes, and hours?
I never knew that a clock
had such time-consuming powers.

This is how I tell time

The length of cigarettes
to give me a chance to calm my stress.
Drinks with friends,
enjoying each other’s company before it ends.
Cussing and swearing to my heart’s content.
I can let loose those fucking words, but just for a moment.
Laughing and smiling when things go wrong
because I know I won’t have a chance again when it’s all said and done.
Getting lost in a daydream,
witnessing what I can achieve.
Procrastinating on things that need done
when a nap sounds like more fun.
How much it takes to recover from laughing so hard,
knowing damn well that it was the funniest thing I’ve ever heard!
And how long it takes for tears to dry
after a very painful goodbye.

Can you see why
I don’t let little hands tell me the time.
It’s said, “Time waits for no one.”

I beg to differ.
Life waits for no one.”
Still not convinced?
Take some time…

  16 comments for “How I tell time

  1. December 29, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    Time well spent!
    Great poem 🙂


  2. Lia
    November 26, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Love this 👌👌👌😊💃🏻

    Liked by 2 people

  3. November 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    I must say John, this is wonderful! Quite thoughtful actually, makes you think and wonder about your life. great work. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  4. November 24, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Great Post as always…
    It reminded me of this passage:

    Try to imagine a life without timekeeping.

    You probably can’t.

    You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie.

    Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored.

    Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays.

    Man alone measures time.
    Man alone chimes the hour.

    And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures.

    A fear of time running out.

    Mitch Albom


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    • November 24, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      I must embedded this in my notebook. Thank you so much 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm

        No problem at all 👍

        I’ve not read the book this passage is from, but I do love these lines – especially when we’re headed for a New Year.
        Hopefully it’ll continue to inspire you as much as it does me! 🖤

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      • November 24, 2019 at 2:05 pm

        I won’t let this slip by me. Thank you so much

        Liked by 1 person

      • November 24, 2019 at 2:10 pm


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  5. November 24, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Artists have their darker days.
    I wish you cheers in many ways.
    Is your cup half full or half empty?
    Accept not the premise,
    The tap has plenty!

    Galvin the Bard

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    • November 24, 2019 at 9:20 am

      The cup is neither half full nor half empty.
      It just depends on how I feel being thirsty.

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