Father Time

Father Time – Trifecta

Lines of turmoil etch his face
His hands are bound by pain.
Regret of trying to win the race
It’s too late to start again.

His job had caused his knee to bow
There’d been no time to play
His children were successful now
They work 12 hours a day.

All alone, he wastes his tears
The years have felt so long
Spirit fading, he thinks he hears
Whispers of that idle song:

Ring around the rosies, pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.”

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43 thoughts on “Father Time

    • Ummm… Well, it’s not as good as I’d like, but with the holidays and the kids out of school, I’ve managed to come up with plenty of excuses not to write. That has got to count for something right?

    • That is such a good song, and it is similar. I haven’t heard that for along time. Thanks for the reminder, although it will be stuck in my head all day now. 😉

    • Thank you! It is a tragic situation. I think many of those stuck in the race feel they have to be. With the economy the way it is, I think many parents work more than they’d like. Hopefully they find a little idle time to enjoy their kids before it’s too late.

  1. This is heart breaking ,yet one can understand & relate to it totally-a sad fact of life-we work so hard all our lives-never spending an idle moment-for what?Loneliness in old age!:-(

  2. Excellent work on so many levels. As a commentary on our multi-task oriented society in which so many of us find ourselves, your poem could not be more timely. Misplaced priorities, heart filled with regret and longing………it all could apply to any number of people I know. Brilliant in its’ sadness.

    • Thank you so much for those kind words. Sometimes, especially in poetry I seem to be consumed by the words. This was one that just needed to be written, and I was the lucky writer they used to get their message out.

  3. Sad and poignant. So many so busy, too busy, to see the important aspects of this life, until, well, they’re grown and the moments have vanished, poof! like smoke. Your excellent writing makes me teary. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Well done – definitely pulls at the heartstrings along with a warning. Great use of the song at the end as well. I remember singing it as a kid and being horrified to later discover what it was really about! Perfect fit 😀

  5. You struck a good tone with this (depressing sure, but effective). The inclusion of the stuff about his children — working 12 hours a day — really brought it home for me. Good work!

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