Map of Time ~ Philip Brent Harris


Today, I stopped for coffee, don’t we all?
Those of us, at least, who enjoy the taste.
This isn’t completely caffeine’s siren call,
only to sit, think, to savor, time to waste.

I listen to nearby folk talk, and I wonder.
How it is that all of us are now right here?
Sometimes, I make up stories, as I ponder,
attempting to make my life look more clear.

We have always told tales, from the start,
to realize and remember our time before.
Elders served as our memory, a vital part;
someone marked young, to learn the lore.

Till writing, reading came, bold inventions,
they made us grow, to share from far away
I fear we suffer fate’s never seen intention,
Gutenberg moveable type pointed the way.

Shattered, our community connections lost.
No more history, learned, imparted in verse.
We lost time for reflection, thought, no cost,
never comprehending faster becomes worse.

Stop, I urge you, wherever you feel at peace.
Think, consider life, yours, mine, everyone’s.
Our time upon Earth, such a short-term lease
and the more time taken, the better life runs.


Peace is Purpose, Nonviolence is Strength,  Diversity is Unity, Empathy is Empowerment


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