Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Water-Soluble Time

Photo of Salvador Dali's, “Persistence de la memoire” (1974) 

Water-Soluble Time

I cannot keep time
It drips like Dali
Time ticks . . . and time . . .
Sticks—at my folly
Time drips in reverse
Falls in 60-minute digression
Springs forth and flows north
In 60-minute aggression
Time melts in savings
Sometimes I’m at a loss
I cannot keep time
It washes over—then out
Over face of glass,
Then, clouded over
Resistance is not proof
Hands have frozen
And seconds are aloof
Time washes in and out
The tide keeps time
The tide took time
And I watch from the beach
. . .my place in time . . .
Just out of reach

© November 4, 2012, Robbie Pruitt

This poem was submitted for the November Surrealism Poetry Prompt on TweetSpeak Poetry, November Surrealism Poetry Prompt–A Musical Playlist, offered on Monday by Seth Haines here.

This poem was also submitted to Open Link Night at dVerse Poets. To see more poems submitted, please visit the site. The links will be live at 2 p.m. Central time today.


  1. smiles...fun play on time...and the beach might be the best place to mark time...the sounds of the ocean ticking off minutes....we cant hold time, but hopefully for a few minutes we can join its current and do something with it...

  2. Loved the various looks at time.

  3. Robbie~ Don't you love the way that Dali compels us toward paradigm shift? You do a great job of elucidating this.


  4. Great word play, I enjoyed mind bending time.

    1. Thank you for reading and for taking the time to enjoy the poetry. . .

  5. Congrats, friend. what a time-piece, poetry-piece, art-piece. Love it.

  6. Love this. Congrats. Great time-piece, poetry-piece, art-piece.

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement. . .