Poetry: Time

30th Aug 2013


I rat-race against Time

A mindless, mechanised blur

Acquisition-driven, checklist-led

My spirit numbing, succumbing, lifeless


How do I fight the inexorable passing of Time?

Resist routine’s relentless grind?

By forever doing more,

Feeling less?

By swapping depth and stillness

For utility, efficiency, pace?


Or is it the other way round?

Do I need to slow down

End the obsessive race

For maximum material gain

And strive for a plane beyond

Where time ceases, dissolves?


Have I ever glimpsed the beauty of transcending Time

Through secret communion with the Sublime

In the silence of reflection

Truth of introspection

In abandoning my ego and desire

To serve the Divine?


Have I felt the truth of timelessness

In compassion and selflessness,

Passion and sacrifice

In seeing beauty within the ordinary

Finding purpose in adversity

In weeping to Him through dark nights

Overwhelmed by love and humility?


Have I realised that mortality and transience

Can only be surpassed by true existence

When I actualise my potential, my immensity

And my soul breathes

Beauty, humanity, peace


Fatema Valji




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