I held time today

I held time today.

It felt all sifty, like new-cast snow

parts of it were not.

…Like clay.

-or gravy-

Yes! Time is gravy, I decided, as I rubbed its siftiness between my hands and tried to keep it

-grasp it-

It both thickened and dissolved

leaving behind half-finished projects
…well-meant regrets.

I held time today, and wished for mashed potatoes.

Photo by Spadethief on Pixabay.

©2021 Chel Owens

29 thoughts on “I held time today

  1. Hobbo December 10, 2021 / 8:54 am

    This made me chuckle, Chel. If i want time to stand still now, I’ll just leave my gravy in it’s little boat.😂

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  2. Ian Kay December 10, 2021 / 9:55 am

    Fine thoughts.

    Has your gravy boat sailed, Chel? 😁

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    • Chel Owens December 10, 2021 / 11:26 am

      My friend got me a t-shirt that reads ‘I run a tight shipwreck.’ Somehow, your comment reminded me of that…

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    • Chel Owens December 10, 2021 / 10:53 pm

      John! You’ve skipped over here to witness the influence of your poetry. 😀

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  3. Nope, Not Pam December 10, 2021 / 7:42 pm

    Wonderful Chelsea, the imagery was perfect

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    • Chel Owens December 10, 2021 / 11:04 pm

      ❤ Aw; thanks, D.


  4. D. Wallace Peach December 11, 2021 / 12:06 pm

    Oooh, if only time was like sweet potato fries. Well, I’d gobble it up too fast. Lima beans would be better. The minutes would sit around forever.
    Loved your poem and your analogies. Lol.
    Hope you’re doing well, Chel. Happy Holidays.

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    • Chel Owens December 11, 2021 / 8:39 pm

      I love sweet potato fries! Thanks, Diana. Merry Holidays and all that to you!!

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  5. johnlmalone December 12, 2021 / 3:29 pm

    ahhh this one: I remember now: great poem, and last line 🙂

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    • Chel Owens December 12, 2021 / 4:03 pm

      Speaking of, I think you should write a poem of all last lines.


      • johnlmalone December 12, 2021 / 4:05 pm

        that;s a big ask, Chel — but will give it some thought: hey! what I could do is cull last lines from me lesser known poems — of which there are many 🙂

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