Max Reif

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.35) Time: a Meditation

The bird of Time sat on a branch.
I thought to clip her wings, and so
I climbed upon her back — alas,
the bird took flight again, and now
I'm at the far end of my life.

She lighted there of her free will.
How foolish I was then, to think
that I could stop, or slow, her flight,

and yet, that time, when Time sat still —
how sweet it was — how sweet.

Submitted: Friday, July 21, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Comments about this poem (.35) Time: a Meditation by Max Reif )

  • Rookie Joscephine Gomez (4/30/2007 9:12:00 AM)

    Well said from experience. This is the second time I read this lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Emma Johnson (4/18/2007 7:58:00 AM)

    A very disarming simplicity with a very profound meaning. Beautiful. Susie. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ZEN POEM (3/22/2007 10:21:00 PM)

    what profound meaning on the bird image of time!
    thank you! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ben Gieske (3/22/2007 10:57:00 AM)

    A delightful meditation about such a common theme. Is this what the eternal NOW will feel like? Only wish that every one could feel this way all the time. How peaceful life would be. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (12/29/2006 12:07:00 PM)

    Elegant precision writing with fine depth of imagery. Even though time back went into motion I hope you have been enjoying the view as the universe flies past. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Barbara James (12/23/2006 8:06:00 PM)

    lovely poem, Max. Although we are all aware of impermanence, it is hard to catch
    the fleeting quality of time in an original way.

    Good Job

    Barbara James (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anjana Aravind (7/27/2006 11:21:00 PM)

    This is a really beautiful poem. I like it.

    Anjana (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alison Cassidy (7/27/2006 8:02:00 PM)

    I love this one, Max. A beautiful, simple expression of profound wisdom executed with light wings. love, Alison xxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 40 Points Linda Ori (7/21/2006 5:03:00 PM)

    Take time to smell that rose and the fragrance it imparts! We are always in a hurry to get somewhere, and forget to enjoy today. Then suddenly our days are numbered, and too late to get them back, Excellent piece, as always, Max.
    Linda (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 200 Points Ernestine Northover (7/21/2006 4:07:00 PM)

    Excellent write Max. Makes on think hard about time and life. A pleasure to read.
    Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Scarlett Treat (7/21/2006 3:58:00 PM)

    When I was l6, time stood still, and I thought it would never pass....when I was 30, time stood still, and I thought I would always be just the way I was-and now I am 64, and time is flying by so fast that I am dizzy from its passing! Great write, Max. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (7/21/2006 12:44:00 PM)

    Here he is again presenting us with yet another great gift, take it nice and slow when reading this great piece, it really is worth the time taken
    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Joseph Daly (7/21/2006 11:50:00 AM)

    This is a lovely piece Max. The imagery is fantastic and the whole concept is well thought out. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nalini Hebbar (7/21/2006 10:17:00 AM)

    time never stops for anybody...lovely (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara very irritated with PH injustice (7/21/2006 10:06:00 AM)

    Birds have a tendency of moving, with time.Free will is unstopable. If only more would understand that! - You put it well. t x (Report) Reply

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