Treasure Island

Wojja Fink


Tell me the Time


Tell me the time of this day before the dawn
When the birds are not yet singing
And the duvet is still warm,
The sun has not yet risen
The street is fast in sleep,
The time is always now
Before awakening from the deep

Tell me the time of this day before I rise
When thoughts have not yet stretched
And sleep still in my eyes
What time says the clock
By the window on the sill
The time is always now
When the cockerel’s lying still

Tell me the time before the skylark wakes and sings
When mist is in the mind
And memory in the wings
In what position are the hands
On the face of worldly clocks
The time is always now
Before the mind puts on its socks.

Tell me the time I must rise and go
There’s poetry yet to rhyme
And the metre wants to flow
There are chickens in the courtyard
There’s butter in the dish
The time is always now
Before you wish a wish

Now is the time the day at last has come
The blackbird is in tune
The robin’s just begun,
The pigeon is a cooing
The magpie’s shouting loud
The swallows sweeping low
In circles round a cloud.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Edited: Sunday, May 31, 2009

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  • Cindy Kreiner Sera (5/24/2009 9:09:00 AM)

    The time you describe before waking and on waking, under a warm duvet is the best time Wojja, relaxed, mind clear and refreshed then finally day arrives and the bird's choir is heard - stunning, love the rhythmic flow throughout. (Report) Reply

  • Shashendra Amalshan (5/20/2009 1:21:00 PM)

    'Now is the time the day at last has come
    The blackbird is in tune
    The robin’s just begun,
    The pigeon is a cooing
    The magpie’s shouting loud
    The swallows sweeping low
    In circles round a cloud'

    very rhythmic indeed..liked the imagery very much// both auditory and visual..nice scene 10++ cheeers. (Report) Reply

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