Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Clock of Life

I stumbled across this poem the other day and can't believe I haven't read it before. I think it's awesome. Profound, beautifully written, overall lovely. So in that spirit, I'm sharing it with you. Because I think it's worth reading. It's not mine, of course. It was written by Robert H. Smith, I think. Some places on the internet say "author unknown," but I also found his name. So correct me if I'm wrong, please!


The Clock Of Life
By Robert H. Smith

The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.

To lose one's wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one's health is more,
To lose one's soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.

The present only is our own,
So live, love toil with a will—
Place no faith in tomorrow,
For the clock may then be still.


Matt Bukaty said...

but I always place stock in tomorrow coming! :/

good poem though.


Madde said...

Aaah Lovely! I'm not much of poetry reader but this one was easily digested. :)

sEy said...

glad this poem was written in a lighter way. thanks for sharing it.

June said...

A good reminder of what is important....well said! Profound in its simplicity...a few lines that speak so much to the heart. Glad you thought to share this!

Sarah Thomas said...

@Matt—Right? So do I! I guess technically we're getting a little ahead of ourselves, huh? Haha.

@Madde—I’m not, either, but I loved this one! I tend toward poetry that I don’t have to dig too deep to understand. ;-)

@sEy—Agreed! And you’re very welcome.

@June—Absolutely. I loved how quickly and easily the poet got his point across. I think this poem is just lovely. Glad you commented!

2girlsonabench said...

Yep, live it up today, our favorite quote similar to this poem:
"Seize the moment. Think about all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart."
— Erma Bombeck

The Words Crafter said...

A new way to say something old-I like it!

Sarah Thomas said...

@2girlsonabench—HA! Too true. That’s why you never pass up dessert.

@The Words Crafter—I’m glad!

Kess said...

What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing this Sarah!

Loryn said...

I like this :)