Tenants In Time

You and me

and everyone and everything we see

are tenants, tenants in time

 

We demand permanence

we strive for permanence

but it’s not to be

for we’re tenants, tenants in time

 

We exert ownership

of our artifacts, of our surroundings

and the places we live

as if that belief or perception

will keep change at bay

 

We make laws, rules and regulations

prohibiting change we don’t want or

slowing change we don’t like

but really to no avail because

we’re tenants, tenants in time

 

Our attempts at stasis, of blocking the

wind, stopping the tide

or keeping the character of our places

are meaningless and futile activities

because we’re tenants, only tenants in time

 

When the landlord asks us to leave

we will

because we know it’s not a request

it’s just what happens

regardless of our desires or wishes

because we’re tenants, tenants in time

 

We expect to meet our family or

our friends when we leave

we believe, we hope we will

but knowledge eludes us

because we’re tenants, only tenants in time

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Published in: on December 10, 2009 at 6:05 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Interesting to consider regulation — much of which smacks of political expediency — as a natural extension of our desire to command and control a world we only temporarily inhabit (especially when presented so eloquently). Have you any poetic musings on the hurdles to true progress we erect for future generations by persisting in such a short-sighted practice?

  2. Sorry, no poetic musings. But what “true progress” is would make for an interesting post and commentary by one and all.

  3. Tenants in time,
    We are all.

    But even so,
    We can still stand tall.

    For while we are tenants,
    Can’t you see?

    We can make life better
    For you and for me.


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