Still Frames


I write the last line

to finish the poem

which now, right this second

has already become

part of my past


the present lasts less

than the blink of an eye

I am already older now

then I was when I

finished writing


the words still linger

in my consciousness

but my mind is already

busy with other things

thinking of the future


I edit what I have written

the present interfering with

and changing the past

but only I will remember

what has been changed


our present is like a

still frame on a movie film

separate but connected to

the frames ahead, the future

the frames behind, the past


but in our life film all

the frames ahead are blank

to be filled only

by our present action

before becoming our past


it is up to us to

use the present

to fill the future frames

with the kind of images

we want to be remembered by

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: March 7th, 2021 22:24
  • Category: Unclassified
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  • jarcher54

    The interplay between poetry/words and images is always tantalizing to consider. I enjoyed your little conceit here and the past-present-future observations. Relativity indeed. Growing up, I would wander in the fields on a dark night, the only light the stars casting a pale sheen on the dry grass... I would stop, raise my arms, and contemplate that then and there, in my little neck of the woods, where and as I stood, was the center of the universe, of all time and space.

    • FredPeyer

      Thanks so much jarcher54, for your thoughtful comment. And you are right, the center of the Universe, our own personal Universe, is always where we are!

    • Goldfinch60

      May those unknown future frames be always filled with joy and love.


      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Andy, and yes, they should be filled with joy and love.

      • dusk arising

        The enigmatic time problem. So many ways to question time aren't there. I like and agree with each of your observations. Mostly the past (like the time taken to type this) is irrelevant in our lives.. gone forgotten swish... next etc... but there are certain deeds we do which carry a timestamp and remains ever present..... and time is also a great healer.... or am I falling over hackneyed phrases. TIME phew!... what a subject Fred.
        Needless to say you dragged me right in with this post. Very enjoyable.

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks da, you are right that certain deeds do carry a timestamp, deeds we either regret or are proud of for the rest of our lives.

        • orchidee

          Good write Fred.
          I'm all of a muddle! Am I in the past, present, or future? Am I me, myself, or I? That's three people!
          And furthermore, why am I talking rubbish?! lol.

          • FredPeyer

            thanks orchie, you never talk 'rubbish' (or, as we would say here 'garbage'). I always enjoy your comments!

          • L. B. Mek

            recently in one of my scribbled comments, I coined a phrase 'Memory Vocabulary'
            and here, in these words you've painstakingly sculpted a perfect representation of what that term translates to me..
            a conversation between you and the who you aspire to be, spoken in the language of poetic ink..
            another great write Fred, like how you flowed straight into that stream of consciousness format you've woven seamlessly within your style,
            really well executed

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks LB, love that expression 'Memory Vocabulary'. You do have a way with words!

            • Doggerel Dave

              On a very mundane level, I, the Dave tonight am constantly writing notes to be read by the Dave which will arise tomorrow. Such is memory now. I Don't mind too much - it's interesting....

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks Dave, I guess we are pretty much alike (at least in this case) where memory is concerned.

              • Neville

                Hey Fred, it seems to me we could very well be living in a parallel loony verse ...

                Neville 🙂

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks, Neville,
                Maybe my crazy verse will one day collide with your loony verse to create a crazy loony black hole.

              • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

                Engaging writing 🙂 nicely expressed

                • FredPeyer

                  Mahalo, yellowrose, for your encouraging comment!

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