The Goddess Of Time

the goddess of time

Near the railway

I find her staring

at a pack of cigarettes

 

and not looking

typically Hellenic

in a white gown with sandals

 

but more like a woman

from a spy novel. Wintry

with blonde hair descending

from a dome of silver fur

and trim of the same color

on her coat sleeves and collar.

 

I ask her why

and she infers it’s the season

and the current trend

of everything related to Russia,

 

but that has nothing to do

with her usage

or concept of time.

 

She points to the station clock

and shakes her head,

 

that’s how they perceive me —

and if not like that,

than as an hour glass, sun dial

or clepsydra.

 

The last word

cascades off her tongue

echoing into soft rain

that dampens the field across the street.

 

A flock of birds

shimmers in the gray light

and she continues…

 

They are the time piece

knowing when the landscape

shortens or lengthens 

its hem of shadows,

 

when the wind and tides shift

( what mask the moon will wear)

on a certain night),  

when it’s right to land or leave…

 

An old train rumbles past

making her presence ripple

in this darkening hour; and the goddess

lights a cigarette — you see

she goes on, 

I don’t measure life

but inspire moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 comments

  1. Wendy,

    Each line builds magic and a lovely timeless quality. I see and feel her presence.
    ,
    There is a sense of wisdom and an aura of mystique; the birds add to the tone.
    This poem lives and breathes. I love everything about it! I see and feel her presence.
    ,

    Thank you,

    Sarah

    “A flock of birds

    shimmers in the gray light

    and she continues…

    They are the time piece

    knowing when the landscape

    shortens or lengthens

    its hem of shadows,

    when the wind and tides shift

    ( what mask the moon will wear)

    on a certain night),

    when it’s right to land or leave…”

    gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    Like

  2. Hi Sarah

    So glad you enjoyed this one!! Thanks so much for the wonderful comment and support. I deeply appreciate it!!

    Take care,
    Wendy

    Like

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