Friday, April 29, 2011

232 Voracious Time (Poems of Exile)

Voracious time devours all, seizes all,
dislodges all foundations, nothing will remain.
Rivers fail, seas retreat,
mountains and ridges crumble.

Why speak of small things?  The awesome heavens
will ignite spontaneously and be consumed.

Death requires all;  it is the law, not punishment, to die.
One day the universe will be as if it never was.

the ultimate monster


Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Powerful and a bit scary. :)

Lolamouse said...

true. we speak of small things to distract ourselves from thinking about this very thing!

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...


It gives some form of the perspective on life and how the ultimate finale, is out of our hands. A monster, we cannot slay!
Superb 'monster' idea!

Old Ollie said...

Monster or end of our exile?

Kim Nelson said...

Absolutely true. If we really live this truth, in every moment, joy would multiply and fear would greatly diminish.

Salem Lorot said...

Isabel, how you scared me to bits. I think scary poems are also monsters. ha ha. Great write.

Paul Andrew Russell said...

What a great illustration of a monster, Isabel. I never quite thought of time this way until I read your poem.

It is indeed 'the ultimate monster'.

Mary said...

Yes, it is definitely true. Someday there will be NOTHING at all! Good 'monster write.'ghjdkk

M. A. S. said...

The second stanza is so grand. I love it.

madhumakhi said...

WoW! Death being the ultimate monster is a very powerful idea.

jabblog said...

It's the monster we all must face, in time. Sombre thought!

Dave King said...

Our posts appear to be on the same wavelength.

ds said...

Wow. Very powerful. I also enjoyed your magpie, below (which blogger would not allow me to comment on). Such an interesting take on the prompt there.

Time. Death--the ultimate monster. Sobering indeed.

Thank you for visiting my place and leaving a bit of yourself there.

Liz said...

This line is superb:

Death requires all; it is the law, not punishment, to die.

It is what I believe and what too many westerners cannot fathom. Tis only then shall wisdom come. I like your poem ... a lot!

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