Present (Tense)

It’s hard when truth lies

beaten and bloody upon the ground, gasping its last breath

and words that meant everything,

are falling from tainted lips.

We are lost, drowning in kaleidoscope worlds

of our own making,

wanting to breathe in spite of it all,

desperately searching for a way out.

The sands of time are moving fast,

prone to lightning and cold winter wind – 

its very nature extolling us to be brave,

to lift up truth, no matter what,

for there is no sweeter burden

in the age of now.

Winter curves captured in Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.), offering respite in the age of now.

I was inspired to write this poem when I saw an advertisement for our local news station (Global) promoting itself as a reliable tool for “navigating the now”.

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I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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43 Responses to Present (Tense)

  1. “Lift up the truth, no matter what…” What a call to action in this day and age. How much better the world would be if humankind was committed to the truth. *Sigh* A powerful poem, Kim. ❤

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  2. michnavs says:

    “for there is no sweeter burden
    in the age of now”…this line hit me the most…a lot people i know are focused on the past…figuring out what went wrong; some are focused on the future….planning for what might be (as if the world will end)..
    I saddened me to know that these people have forgotten (almost) the fact that there is what we call “today, now,present”…that they needed to enjoy and live up fully. After al the past is over and the least we can do is lear from our mistakes there..and the future is still to come though we need to prepare; but the way we live our lives now will have a significant effect on our tomorrow..having said that, it just makes me happy reading your poem.

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    • This warms my heart, Mich, so much…your words have added another sweet layer for us to contemplate, this now is often all we really have and yes, we must embrace it and make the most of this gift as my Mom mentions in her comment, brand new days, they’re the result of our past holding the hopes of our tomorrows!

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  3. This is brilliant, Kim. Time slips away and yet we desire to hold it with a firm grip.

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  4. Shirley Ross says:

    How true this is. At times it seems a façade is placed , brought forth to hide the reality of the moment, and we cling to the way it was, hoping to bring forth what was and not face the way it is.
    In that minute of time, truth rears its head and the brave rise to the call, and a new day begins.

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  5. calmkate says:

    powerfully written, you were inspired!

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  6. Wow! Kimberlee you sure packed a powerful punch of a poem.

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  7. markmkane says:

    Wow, it’s been a while since you posted poetry. Such beautiful words, especially liked the part of kaleidoscope worlds of our own making. That is so true. As much as I like sharing in your experiences about your surroundings, the seasons and your travels, I really connect with your poems. Truly artful!

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  8. Jade M. Wong says:

    This is a powerful portrayal of our reality right now. There is so much truth here: we’re all just searching for what makes us feel happy and free, but we’re all lost in kaleidoscope worlds of our own making (fantastic phrase, by the way!) and time really is not slowing down. It’s hard for us to even know what our own truths are, what we all truly want in our present because we’re all so busy trying to remember the past or live for the future.

    This is a knockout poem, Kim!

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  9. Mabel Kwong says:

    This is such an honest poem about the world right now, and lovely to hear the inspiration behind it. ‘We are lost, drowning in kaleidoscope worlds, of our own making’ So true. Sometimes competition and greed brings out the worst in us, and we all end up more distant than ever from each other these days. Great write, Kim 🙂

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  10. A very powerful poem on finding our way to the truth.

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  11. Everything you write is so very romantic, evocative, and enchanting…thanks for sharing 🙂

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  12. A lovely moment to be transported away. Thank you for this. x

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  14. Kimberlee this is beautiful!! Staying present is such a key to love, in my experience. I wrote a doctoral thesis based in part on that and Self-forgiveness. You are an incredible writer.

    Thinking of you, Kimberlee and sending blessings your way. ❤


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