About time

We wink at infinity every time the clock
sounds its alarm, unbending as it howls
as if timelines drive forward between
well-marked lines. 

Hours turn 
but always circle back.

Sometimes we notice the period while
standing in it but in a lifetime shared, 
these eras softly merge, 

blurry in places though 
the color flashes in focus like leaves in Autumntime. 

And the clock shouts, begging for timeliness 
while eternity ticks
its pulsing heartbeat simply
a moment in time.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for the dVerse Poets Pub Meeting the Bar: Polyptoton

This Thursday, Frank is our host, and the challenge is to use a polyptoton somewhere in our poems. A polyptoton is a rhetorical device used for style and persuasiveness; it’s a special kind of repetition where the common base of a word is repeated, but not the whole word exactly.

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

33 thoughts on “About time

  1. Excellent use of time as a poltoton. Time ticks on….
    I like the idea of comparing the well marked lines on the clock (which sounds linear) to the circling back to the hour…as in the hands always circle round. Time as an infinite circle…hmmmmmm

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  2. Infinity is considered a loop, and your thoughtful look at Time is a grand feast. So many theories out there, like time is linear until it meets itself, or beyond the veil there is just Now, time does not exist, past/present/future all one.

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  3. I love this, Phillip. I resonate with how, when we look back, different eras sort of merge blurrily……..I can feel eternity, ticking on. A wonderful poem!

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