Tundra

Tundra

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Wow, Davy! This has an apocalyptic feel. Of course, I would say that, given the kind of stuff I read and write about. I’m left with the ticking of a clock and vast emptiness. I like how the clock is warped, too. This is really powerful. Geological time? Climate change? Or, I could be way off base.

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    You are right about the vast emptiness and ticking of the clock Laura and it can be interpreted in many ways. When I wrote it I was thinking about boredom and as I was staring into the abyss of nothing all I could hear was the ticking of the clock, which grew louder by the second. The title came from the vastness associated with Tundra and horizons that seem endless. Geological time and climate change slip into this very easily. Thank you for your valued thoughts and giving me more to think about.

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I have stood up on the tundra
in the far North
So vast, so silent
Horizon so far and pale

Here clocktime has no power.

Miriam
P.s.. I love the shape of your clock

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    Thank you Miriam for your powerful description and I would imagine it is an experience where time stands still. There was a thought in the title about how insignificant we can be sometimes compared to the vastness of what is around us and an irony of among it all how could we ever be bored.

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Great imagery, Davy. The vast tundra, its bewitching stillness, and time sneaking past. Love the image too. πŸ™‚

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Boredom, inertia, and apathy is what I imagine from this. Nothingness, empty horizon, yet time still does its thing irrespective of man, stealing away life whether we use it or not.
Great mind-blender Davy!

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    Thank you for your words and thoughts Nigel and you have captured my main thought around the boredom and how time can steal thinks away. As I said to Miriam there is an irony around how insignificant we can be in among other things and how could we ever be bored in trying to break out of this.

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Well, I see your hiatus has added renewal to your brilliance. I love poetry relating to clocks and time. β€œTime is an illusion.” -Albert Einstein

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    A great quote Eugenia and thank you for sharing it as well as your kind words, which are most appreciated. The poetry and clock connection is a very deep one and I suppose most of our poetry is connected in time. In four words Einstein created a conundrum that may never be solved.

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Excellent, Davy! πŸ™‚ Yes, if we let it…a clock just steals the time. We must find ways to savor the moments! πŸ™‚
That clock is very Salvador Dali-y! And time can be the same!
It’s interesting that where we are can give time a different feel. I find in nature I am more appreciative of time and each moment is a treasure. Time is a friend.
But, sometimes on a busy work day I find time to be my enemy.
Hmm…now I’m gonna’ have to spend some time thinking about all of this…and me thinking can be dangerous. πŸ˜› πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€
HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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    Lol Carolyn I think dangerous can be a good thing sometimes. You are right about time and how it can feel different depending where we are. I heard someone talking about time management some time ago and they said it was a myth. We can never manage time only the task and I think they may have a point. Thank you for your thoughts and insights, they are much appreciated.

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interesting about a clock stealing time, if we have a clock or watch we do seem to be watching time slip away, but when we don’t have the time on us, we seem to enjoy the minutes as they pass. you always provide food for thought, this was brilliant

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    Thank you Gina for you much appreciated words and I am glad the poetry conveyed to you the meaning I was trying to capture. I often wonder if we went back to our ancestors and lived our lives through the movement of the sun and moon and the seasons. Could we now cope without the concept of a clock?

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      Always my pleasure to read your thoughts Davy, and you have a good point there, going back to when we weren’t governed by minutes and hours rather by cycles, that seems more in tune with our bodies. Less anxiety and more freedom to explore our natural rhythms. The clock is so utilitarian I feel it kills our creative mind just as we start getting into the groove of things.

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      I sometimes wonder Gina whether we should use body clocks as opposed to manufactured clocks. I often get the feeling in Winter, when it is cold and dark, whether or not we were meant to hibernate.

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      An interesting concept to explore. Not sure how productive the world would be though if we all fell into a winter’s sleep at the same time! and who would be admiring all the snow then?

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      Good point Gina. Maybe sleeping with one eye open πŸ™‚

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A very Daliesque adventure…

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