Time Passing -- A Miscellany of Poems; ┬ęThor May 2008      index

 

Today has lasted for 4 billion and 2 years, 6 hours, 12 minutes and 13.5 seconds

 

Live fast they said, go wild,

It flies, it doesn't last.

Go chase your moment

Run you mile, strut your hour

Build your pile, and don't come home

Don't come home, don't come home

And this is the way the world

Of the world, world, world, world stopped.

 

Susan smiled and waved from the footpath.

She was walking and smiling;

I was driving and smiling.

We went, went each way

And all day we were smiling

About driving and walking.

 

Thor, 1973

This poem was also published (much to my surprise!) as part of an article in The Hindu, a major national Indian newspaper, on February 1st, 2006.