The Long and Short of it All

I see the pictures on my wall
A family of four in all
Glass no longer can conceal
It broke, and time spun its wheels
A well built frame still holds strong
Keeps us close, keeps us young

Memories weaved and hidden deep
In folders, boxes, and attics keep
The stages of our lives in tact
So we can dream at will and call them back
Moments now of treasured lore
But cameras capture nothing more

Than a fleeting pose, a candid gust
Of what once was, between the crusts
Of life’s pages, now soaked in devotion
Stirring up both tears and emotion
Even storms didn’t last near as long
We carry them still, echoing their song

Transition slithers silent and still
Suddenly the climate chill
Exposes you in summer’s attire
Your winter garb put out with last year’s fire
Can you recover an autumn’s September
Is there any hope or spark or ember

Time a continuum, even has an ending
So occupied with now, we don’t see what’s pending
Eternity begins quick as wind turns direction
We are but a vapor, grasping for attention
What I hold so tightly may soon dissolve like the dew
Can I trust my creator….He makes all things new  Tuesday prompt is impermanence. A challenge to go beyond the seasons and nature. Scripture says nothing is as fleeting as life on earth.


About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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5 Responses to The Long and Short of it All

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    This is a most wonderful poem – and outlook on life! I enjoyed the read!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shaun Jex says:

    I love the allusion to James 4:14, decidedly one of the most striking New Testament verses.


  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    We are a blip in the passage of time, ’tis true. Since I’m getting ready to move and sorting out “stuff” I really identify with your lovely poem!


  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point about how little cameras capture. And good line: “Eternity begins quick as wind turns direction”


  5. Life is just the briefest passage… but still it is all we really really know. Better make the most of it.


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