For My Brother On the Occasion of His 38th Birthday

“How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet?” ~St. Augustine of Hippo

Each of our moments blossoms into memory,
bursts of fireworks the next atop the last;
they come from beyond our gaze,
star-shine at dusk.

These veils of time swirl around us
as wind in autumn,
each gust offering a pattern of shape and color:
red maple, orange oak.

As the breeze swishes past,
do we stand and reach, run and chase,
watch and pray, move and act?
We are bound and buoyed by possibility.

Now, the Everlasting Instant calls
and calls again for our right choosing;
it is All in All.  And we, these flitting moments,
love our way through another season.


  1. I love “the veils of time swirl around us as wind in autumn” !!! and “love our way through another season.” !!! “We are bound and buoyed by possibility.” !!! Just Beautiful. A wonderful gift for your brother 🙂 The quote goes so well with this piece. You are growing so much in your work and it is a great joy reading your poems. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent and gift with us! God Bless you….

    1. Dear Cynthia,
      Thank you so much for your kind comments and all of your encouragment. Lately, I have been keenly aware of God’s calling to us and how we respond. Also, since having children, I have been mystified by the passage of time, as well as time’s seemingly arbitrary nature. However, God has created Time for us by creating the days and nights so it is sanctified. Though, it all boggles my mind! Many blessings to you…

  2. Thank you. I read this from a funeral parlor and as everything is relative to the perspective of the reader… I will read it again elsewhere and see what it means then!

  3. Dear Lisa @ Daily Grace: Thank you so much for your kind comments on the ”veils of time” stanza. I accidentally deleted your comment when trying to respond from my phone (embarrassing!). I appreciate your visiting my blog. Thank you for the encouragment! Many blessings to you ~

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