Revolutions – Nick Barth

There is still time,
while the world teeters
on its cosmic eccentric
as if holding a pose
to let the perihelion pass,
while the days have stopped shortening
but are hardly any longer;
there is still time
to set a course for the year.

To point a pencil of light into the fog,
to sketch out a map,
ink in some outlines.
To grow in stature
while losing some weight.
To get a little more sleep
to spend more time awake.
To laugh more often
but tell fewer jokes,
to start conversations
but write fewer posts.
To read one more great novel
but dispense with old fictions,
to get a poem going every day
and get one finished on occasion.
To listen to music
to enjoy the silence.
To appreciate more art
but be less artful.
To stop watching the news
but keep up with events.
To repay debts
and find things to invest in.
To reduce the footprint
while stepping further out.
To be happy with less
while searching for more.
To stop killing time
while living the moment.
To never be lonely
even when quite alone.
To dispense with faith
and rekindle belief.

For the world is not flat
here be no dragons,
you will find the coastline humdrum
in fifty weeks’ time.
Think of the sunshine
your feet warm upon deck,
those are the moments
that make the journey worthwhile.

The stories we tell ourselves
are the narratives we use
to keep us together
while we find our way home.

©Nick Barth 2018

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One response to “Revolutions – Nick Barth

  1. Jane Barth

    Lovely poem ­ thank you!

    Mx

    From: The Pitshanger Poets Reply-To: The Pitshanger Poets Date: Thursday, 11 January 2018 at 22:01 To: Jane Barth Subject: [New post] Revolutions ­ Nick Barth

    WordPress.com pitshangerpoets posted: “There is still time, while the world teeters on its cosmic eccentric as if holding a pose to let the perihelion pass, while the days have stopped shortening but are hardly any longer; there is still time to set a course for the year. To point a pencil of”

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