A Poem by Holly Day
There are things you can do to make time stretch longer
standing on mountaintops, searching for eagles
following the footsteps of a fox through the snow
pulling weeds out of the garden in search for cherry tomatoes
carefully pulling free an abandoned bird’s nest for contemplative research
listening to the breath of the person sitting silent beside you.
These are all activities that can slow time to a crawl
put weight and breadth on a day, stretch hours like warm taffy.
There are things you can do to make time go by quickly.
There are too many things that can make the days fly by
unhindered by importance and reflection. I tell you
we can live forever if we just stop doing these stupid, time-sucking things
but you don’t want to understand.