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No Time (JM's favorite's Challenge)

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Kit McCallum
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0 posted 06-04-2000 07:47 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Kit McCallum

*A brief explanation: This is my favorite due to sentimental reasons, and was written about 3 years ago.  It was a huge cry for help ... a prayer if you wish and is one I tend to read over and over when I need a boost.
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   No Time

  'Tis times like this, I do reflect  
     As time goes swiftly by;  
  For never is there time enough  
     To sit and wonder why.  

  Seems yesterday, my biggest fear  
     Was "what to wear today",  
  Or fret about my volleyball,  
     Or friends and how we'd play.  

  But that was many years ago ...  
     So many bridges crossed;  
  Too many years have passed since then;  
     My adolescence lost.  

  With childhood just a memory  
     Of the happy times gone by;  
  I sit and ponder what "is now";  
     My future ... as it flies  

  Past by me at the speed of light,  
     It flies beyond control;  
  And all the while, I watch it,  
     As it swallows me up whole.  

  And yet I try to place the brakes  
     Upon these treads of life ...  
  To have it slow enough for me  
     To lesson all this strife.  

  I try the tricks to fool myself ...  
     I play the "45's",  
  From way back when I used to feel  
     So youthful and alive.  

  They take me back to simple times,  
     A warm and soothing feel;  
  And yet, I blink, and here I am,  
     Amidst this hectic toil.  

  Patiently, yet cowardice,  
     I ponder this alone ...  
  Always wanting still to please  
     The many ... save the one.  

  The more I try ... the less that I  
     Can understand the way,  
  That life's complexities betray  
     The simple life I crave.  

  What happened to the days of 'yore?  
     The simple days gone by;  
  That seemed so complex long ago,  
     And yet, I wonder why ...  

  Did God reserve his judgment  
     For the way I next approach  
  The task I have at hand before me  
     How I handle it or broach  

  The subject ... each time waiting ...  
     Watching every move ...  
  Waiting as I "drop the ball"  
     For then He'll disapprove?  

  Or is He waiting for the time  
     I ask Him for His help;  
  For when He puts me to the test ...  
     He pushes beyond doubt.  

  And in this doubt, there's time I fear  
     I can't continue on ...  
  Yet soon I'll see a shred of "light"  
     To tease me from beyond.  

  My senses leave me whirling  
     As I try to comprehend,  
  The many tests I'm given ...  
     The answers I can't find.  

  For somewhere in this hectic life,  
     I have to find my way;  
  And knowing that it's just a test  
     Is easier to say,  

  That given time enough to pass  
     These lessons that I learn;  
  Means hopefully tomorrow,  
     I may possibly confirm  

  That we are just a small part  
     Of this world of doubt and fear;  
  And each of us has moments  
     When we lose our hope and yet ...  

  There's brighter times beyond the clouds,  
     There's better times ahead;  
  Just hold on for an instant,  
     And the future's straight ahead.  

  It's waiting for me if I can  
     Just see beyond the clouds;  
  Just get beyond today and try to  
     Find myself again.  

  For now ... with all this chaos,  
     I am still "that little girl";  
  Who still believes in rainbows,  
     In this cold and heartless world.  

  So help me Lord, to pass this test  
     And weather out the storm;  
  For never have I needed  
     Quite the help I'm asking now.  

  You've been there for me, time again,  
     When I prayed for someone else ...  
  Yet now I feel so selfish,  
     For I'm asking for "myself".

  Just help me see beyond today,  
     And offer me your strength;  
  For I am not too proud to ask ...  
     And know I have the faith.  

  For in the worst of times; You're there,  
     The best of times as well ...  
  And some day, if You hold my hand,  
     And get me through "this hell" ...  

  I'll make it to a point in life  
     When I look back and know ...  
  That though these were quite frightening times ...  
     We weathered out the storm.  

  /Kit McCallum


[This message has been edited by Kit McCallum (edited 06-04-2000).]
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WOW Kit There is a lot in there,

But that was many years ago ...  
     So many bridges crossed;  
  Too many years have passed since then;  
     My adolescence lost.  

  With childhood just a memory  
     Of the happy times gone by;  
  I sit and ponder what "is now";  
     My future ... as it flies  

  I know the future scares me but I try to take each day at a time, or else I would just be overwhelmed and end up hiding in my bedroom forever.

The more I try ... the less that I  
     Can understand the way,  
  That life's complexities betray  
     The simple life I crave.  

I am happiest when I am enjoying life and there are no questions.


My senses leave me whirling  
     As I try to comprehend,  
  The many tests I'm given ...  
     The answers I can't find.  

  For somewhere in this hectic life,  
     I have to find my way;  
  And knowing that it's just a test  
     Is easier to say,  

  That given time enough to pass  
     These lessons that I learn;  
  Means hopefully tomorrow,  
     I may possibly confirm  

  
A wonderful poem thanks for sharing,

  I'll make it to a point in life  
     When I look back and know ...  
  That though these were quite frightening times ...  
     We weathered out the storm.  
  
Your words are important words that we all need to hear from time to time.

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2 posted 06-04-2000 08:42 AM       View Profile for netswan   Email netswan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit netswan's Home Page   View IP for netswan

Wow Kit, you have a lot to say!
I will have to find out what the challenge
is - but whatever it is, bet this was
a blockbuster.  Didn't you know, Kit, that
growing old is not for sissies.--)

You are doing fine - each day an answer
comes our way.  Take a deep breath - you mentioned this was a few years back - and
you use it now for inspiration.  Great
Idea - Wonderful poem

~netswan
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3 posted 06-04-2000 09:14 AM       View Profile for ellie LeJeune   Email ellie LeJeune   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ellie LeJeune

Kit; How wise and wonderful are your words and so beautifully written. "We weathered out the storm". My fav line here. And I'm sure we all can relate to every other wonderful word too! Ellie

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4 posted 06-04-2000 09:28 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

KIT
this is amazing...wisdom filled words to live by.
wonderful poem...
yes, One to read when we need to reflect and to get our sites set back on track.
many of the lines you wrote I have done or felt many times in my life.
I so related to the playing of old 45's
(wow are we dating our selves) LOL
thanks for posting this to my challenge
and for your wonderful replies to my work.
take care,
jm

 I think I could need - this in my life
I think I'm just scared - that I know too much
I can't relate and that's a problem
I'm feeling ...
If you're gone - maybe it's time to go home
There's an awful lot of breathing room
But I can hardly move
If you're gone - baby you need to come home
cuz there's a little bit of something me...
In everything in you.
~MB20~

"What the caterpillar calls the end ...
The world calls a butterfly"
~Lao Tze Tao~
~Butterflies are meant to be free~

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~Brian:  There is a lot in this one Brian, and you got the feeling right, a very overwhelming world brought this one on, and I was quite at wit's end literally ... so to the therapy pen I ran!  Thanks Brian.

~Netswan:  I loved your line ... "growing old is not for sissies" ... oh, so true!!! Thank you Netswan.

~Ellie:  The storm at that time was a whirling hurricane of desperation, and I was just about "lost at sea" ... it was a desperate cry from the heart, but "we weathered out the storm".  Thank you Ellie.

~Janet Marie:  You're welcome Janet Marie, and thanks for giving me an opportunity to post this one.  Yes, the 45's surely "date us" don't they???  I've still got not only my 45's, by all the old LP's like K-Tel Sound Explosion, Dynamite ... and all the old goodies ... sigh ...

Much appreciation to all,
/Kit
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Although I think this related to another day at the salt mine, it certainly goes to the very core of the average person's day.  Where we get the strength is up to us, and you chose well.   Wow, your writing sure changed over time Kit.
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