Poem: “Present Tense Tells You All”, fr. notebooks, Jim Stallings

Present tense tells you all

Watch the second hand tick

Already a past event

Like everything else in life

The thoughts slip behind

Into the vast archive

A well of doing so deep

It loops around

And becomes a present

For another mind staring

Into the crystal ball

Itself a phantom

Of evasion and uncertainty.

What’s the hurry to please

When life is already done?

Enjoy the moment

And in ignorance revel.


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