L. B. Mek

life’s Tempo

To yearn, to hope, to want,

to strive, to find, to grasp:

to hold, to cherish, to love?


Realising dreams - joyously delighting veneration,

reaching ambitions - satisfyingly reassuring validation:

recognition’s rewards - euphorically glorifying vindication.


Rushed diary’s, landmarked scribbles

inked words, yearning’s fribbles

moments passing as wisp whispers

fleeting calendar's as raw reminders.


Sunrise chirping - moon howling

Nature’s remorseless seasons, hounding

greying whimsy’s sight, regressing

regret’s remnants - ever haunting.


Clouds windswept, mercilessly 

as youth’s vigour fades within life’s subtle breeze,

regressed emotions, vibrating

as unrequited beckoning to laughter’s hollow echoes,


déjà vu flashes - envelop

as we’re left blinking our laments,

at how - life’s Polaroids develop

far too quickly to be realised: as our achievements...



© L. B. Mek

October 2020


  • dusk arising

    Ah yes achievements, my land of yesterday. Superceeded of course by the relaxation into ageing and insight into the unnecessary.

    Enjoyed reading your words.

    • L. B. Mek

      it's our own eyes that thwart us at times and ambition's skewed perspective that diminishes what we should cherish
      thank you!

    • Fay Slimm.

      Ah this my friend is a well picked bouquet of fine-flowered reasons to do and be what we can while time allows.......... Love the imagery used.

      • L. B. Mek

        thank you for elegantly encapsulating the sentiments in this write Fay,
        so glad you liked it

      • orchidee

        A fine write LB.
        Oh woe, yes! The camera broke when one took pics of me for memory! lol.

        • L. B. Mek

          armed with thou supersonic wit, who may tame thee - let alone capture and frame, lol

          • orchidee

            *Staggers back in amazement at the witiness on this site?* lol.

          • Joe Dawson

            Life's rush seemingly never ending, then comes the day that the phone stops ringing, the urgent meetings fall silent, and on a dusty shelf in an empty garage a Filofax and a part-used tin of Simonize bear witness to faster times and better times. Now long gone, and so too the many voices that gave spring to the step, and powered ambition to the dizzying heights from which one fell. It lasts but a short time and yet feels like forever. Enjoyable write. Joe

            • L. B. Mek

              potent imagery exemplified in what is easily one the most poetic comments I have ever received!
              I'm humbled and so very grateful,

            • Goldfinch60

              Many of our achievements are behind us as we live longer in our lives. We can look back at them and be thankful that we have done them.


              • L. B. Mek

                indeed Andy,
                although, maybe with added wisdom - in trade
                for pigment we shed - with our surrendering hairlines,
                we shall learn to appreciate - them
                at the moment of their fruition
                instead - of far too late: peeking
                through those distorted lenses of regret...

              • Neville

                what an absolutely divine intro you have placed at the top of the page sir .. and then, you capture a life gently and oh' so perfectly, incorporating into the convoluted folds so many of its nuances that no matter who stumbles or falls upon these words by design ... they will each be able to relate ...

                Stunning poetry L.B and without any doubt, truly..


                • L. B. Mek

                  glad you highlighted the two elements my friend, I'm relieved so many have been able to relate to this write, I was worried the lack of uniformity or easily recognisable structure/form would make this a jarring to read
                  thank you!

                • Dove

                  Superb Write! Regrets we all have a few! My favorite line

                  “as youth’s vigour fades within life’s subtle breeze” You’ve inspired a poem in my mind! Now to write it!


                  • L. B. Mek

                    that's just awesome! I can't wait to read your write
                    thank you for the encouraging and supportive comments, truly appreciated

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