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by A. Abdul Wardak

It’s like water that runs through the river of existence, through the valley of life, never to return.
It’s like the flowers of spring that become dust among other dusts, never to be found again.
It’s like the rolling waves–an end and a beginning that never stops.
It’s like the end of the day that brings the night, and the night which brings the day…


The passage of Time: for some it’s gone, for some it’s to come.
It’s what you have and what you don’t–a gift  given, a gift taken…
Time has passed me more than once on the pathway of life:  the faster the run, the quicker the time.
The sun rises or the sun sets, lightness or darkness, sadness or happiness, good or bad…
All becomes a memory I have stepped on or walked away from time and time again.


Is it that to know the end is to know the beginning?
Time is what I don’t know;  it passes me as I walk by, consciously or unconsciously.


Yet I smile, for life–a brother or a sister is a cup to drink from, a cup to hold, so …
Smile for the day you have received;  All that belongs to you is a gift.
Smile for the moment it comes to you, before it’s gone.
Smile for it gives you a memory every time it leaves you.
Smile for the feeling that you own the world without a border to it.
In every corner you have a sister and a brother.
Smile, for life is a cup to drink from, a cup to hold.


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19 responses to “Time”

  1. Marsha Pusher says:

    This is a man who understands life, what it is for and how to live it. Quite a bit of depth of understanding of the ebb and flow of human existence. Nicely written. I really feel the flow of the words when I read this piece. Keep writing. I love reading your pieces.

  2. Catherine Bayar says:

    Beautifully heartfelt and well written, Abdul. A pleasure to read your work!

  3. Susan says:

    This resonates the reality of our life’s and hearts
    Understanding that life is constant motion

    Beautifully written. Best piece to date of yours
    Very redlective

  4. Beautiful. Simple words, deep meaning. Lovely to read out loud.

  5. K says:

    Should be in a frame on a wall…

  6. Carolyn McCall says:

    Beautiful Very interesting words best yet. Keep writing Mr Wardak

  7. Zaland says:

    Wonderfully written. The biggest lesson I can take from this is that time is a temporary guest.. so enjoy its company while you have it.

  8. Anne Smith says:

    I’m happy that I have my own slice of time to remember spent in your wonderful shop enjoying the sense of timelessness and the wisdom of Abdul…warm thoughts dear friend!

  9. Margaret Hicks says:

    Abdul was born to write. His writings stir my emotions and wet my eyes at times. His writing has a constant theme of coming and going whether it be water, love, persons, or time. He is wise to observe that all we have is a gift, fleeting, so we are called to enjoy it and thank God for the giving. Keep serving this feast of words and ideas to me, Abdul.

  10. Ingrid Davidsen says:

    This was exquisitely and beautifully written and spoke to my heart and soul – Thank you, Abdul!

  11. Kathryn says:

    Inspirational…visual…prophetic…no one writes like this
    and btw are those my glasses…

  12. Chiquita says:

    I thought you just sold beads. Your brain must have gone all out for this!

    • Marsha says:

      Anyone who thinks Abdul is just about selling beads hasn’t known him very long. Beads & rugs are just the tip of the iceberg. Reading some of his other poetry shows this was not a one-time brain stretch, but a consistent effort to put into words his deep feelings about his love of life and all he is thankful for.

  13. Margaret Hicks says:

    Abdul, you will have time someday to organize and publish these writings, or just collect them in a notebook. I want to read more of them. All I have read are unique and wonderful and tell me so much about my friend Abdul, an artistic and sensitive man. You amaze me.

  14. Ehtel says:

    Hello! I could have sworn I’ve visited this site before but after looking at a few of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly happy I discovered it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  15. April Bolejack says:

    Of the pieces I have read, this is my favorite for it addresses the human soul. A great American writer said: “Time is just a stream I go afishin’ in.” This philosophy is apparent in your poem. May I suggest that you organize your writings and we will share, mine with you and yours with me. I am looking forward to that.

  16. Edlynne says:

    Your poem touched my soul. I want to read all your writings. Your words come from your heart, your wisdom, your kindness and humanity.

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