Unattended Moments

Mixy Gregory ephemeralgecko.com

Mixy Gregory ephemeralgecko.com

Sometimes a thought
flies into my mind from where
I have no idea it simply catches there
like a big silver salmon caught
by its gills in a gill`net

No sense of a past
No sense of future

It matters not the bed
from which it swam out to sea
to which years later it seeks to return
It can’t survive the interruption
this netting of the now

It’s trapped in time
Living but not alive

The thought swims on
so long as I hold it in my mind
I turn it over carefully See the sealice
on the silvery belly Passengers
along for the ride home

We share the moment
Thinker & the thought

Til something distracts
A breeze moves through a tree
then the great net and its fish are gone
a flickering shadow on the sea
Forgotten by sundown

“Men’s curiosity searches past and future
And clings to that dimension. But to apprehend
The point of intersection of the timeless
With time, is an occupation for the saint . . .
For most of us, there is only the unattended
Moment, the moment in and out of time,
The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight
The wild thyme unseen . . .” ~ T.S. Eliot


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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4 Responses to Unattended Moments

  1. you and Eliot – perfect together

    Liked by 1 person

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