Comes a Time

 Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter

Comes a time for acceptance

a time to be at peace with the self

when pushing the heavy wheel uphill

no longer holds the promise of the coast

we counted on when we were young

thrills of tight curves at high speed

which made the muscles ache


It is too late for investments

the time to sock away a nest egg

to be at ease in the autumn of life

when the leaves are gone off the trees

and nests hang empty in the crook

of branches all white with frost

Where’s a hedge against time


It is the season for memories

a time not meant for calculations

but contemplations of the journey

the wealth of things we never owned

the poverty of gifts we never used

the graces that we never earned

the mercies given without due

“I have  seized the light.

I have arrested its flight.”

~ Louis Daguerre


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Comes a Time

  1. Lovely reflection. It is interesting how our views, values and thoughts change as we grow older. We spend so much our lives wanting, planning, striving, moving, waiting……for what? It really is about each day and each long as we have them.


  2. Wisw words, Peter…understood very well!


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