calendar, clock, and circumstance

they always ask us day and date
when testing us for senescence,
but one might argue timelessness
is more a sign of innocence

than any sort of defect in
our mindfulness or mental stance,
and really quite a lucky gift
that we’re bestowed by circumstance.

for everyday, the calendar
is one of life’s embattlements,
and clocks are most insistent things
that make us feel inadequate,

but some there are escape the trap
and live to laugh and sing and dance
not conscious of how time goes by,
with less of worry than of trance,

and if ‘twere possible, I would
give such a way of life a chance:
alas, though, I am chained to time
by habit and

by circumstance

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