A Moment on the Bay of Timeless Wonder

Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island, Howe Sound, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada
On the Bay of Timeless Wonder
I think of time moving forward
Ever so slowly
I think of time standing still

I think of time
As if it were
A thing
Of itself

As if it were
A force ravaging
My body
My memories

As if it were
A measurement
Of change
Of flux

As if it flowed
All around
The objects
I loved

And changed them

And then I watch
A hummingbird
On my sister’s porch

I try to see time
In the flapping of its wings
A blur to my eye
A minutiae of
Periodic adjustments
To the hummingbird

I watch the snail’s
Interminable progress
And cannot imagine
Time moving so slowly

And then I realize
That time
Is a useful fiction
For a mind demanding


But presence
Is not a matter of time
Nor is now
This moment

Being and
Exist in all time
And in no time

But all time
And no time
Are perceived
Only in non-being

It is being
Which requires
One moment
And the next

It is being
Which remembers
One moment
And the last

It is being
Which loses
In time

It is non-being
Which understands
That time is an illusion
In which I manifest being

And in manifesting being
I create a second illusion
Of space
And matter

And separation

In non-being
I exist in non-time
At one
In a singular infinity

A tug and three barges
Horseshoe Bay looking toward Bowen Island
Howe Sound
From the Sea to Sky Highway
British Columbia, Canada, 2016
April is National Poetry Month and I am participating in the National Poetry Writing Month challenge (NaPoWriMo) — 30 poems in 30 days. Though, I’ll no doubt write more than 30. 😉

All the poetry I write this month can be found here.