The expression ‘time waits for no man’ is another way to say that the passing of time is unstoppable, and it will march on regardless of what anyone says or does. It means that some things are inevitable, such as birth, death, the sun rising in the morning, and the passage of time. No man can control such inevitable natural phenomena or facts of life. I wrote this poem thinking about the speed at which time flies and how we all (humans limited by time) must play catchup to meetup with the demands of time.

Can’t time find time to mark time?

ever since time found time to be created,
time never cease to fleet,
seconds tick into minutes,
minute tick into hours,
hours make up days
day by the day, years come and go,
while I play the role of a late comer,
always behind, playing catch up,
along the way –
It seems no matter what I try
time finds time to slip away.

time traps beauty– of life, of art, of everything–
in utopia. it traps us– her wandering explorers–
in dark vortexes & strange loops from
birth to death, from death of afterlife,
to be born again to die again to reincarnate again.
and on and on it goes– strange loop
of beautiful nothings.

birth would be tomorrow,
but today feels like death.

this ride from birth to death,
is yet to begin, but I’m sore overwhelmed,
that I cannot catch my breath.

thoughts thought upon
makes thinking a chore
like cleaning grease off silk with sandpaper,
not worse compared to nza mission to empty Otammiri –
the more I try, the faster time slips away,
three sixty completes another circle,
and I’m abandoned in a paradox of dismay.

time can’t be stopped,
life can’t be rushed,
time can’t be slowed,
don’t know why I try
so hard, to make time find time to mark time,
before another birthday
come staring at my face.

30, a collection of poems by Jaachi Anyatonwu
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ is a poet, editor, and publisher living in the suburbs of Aba. He is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks and collections, and the Editor-In-Chief of Poemify Publishers Inc. Jaachị is passionate about discovering new voices and mentoring emerging poets. He is also a fierce advocate for the boy child and sexually molested.

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