Theophrastus on Time
It's a good time for poetry!
Last week I did an eclipse/dandelion poem from a quote by Odysseus Elytis: "You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth".
This time I have the quote from Theophrastus (370 BC - 285 BC Greek philosopher):
"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend."
And with this quote, I wrote a form of "Golden Shovel", though with a quote instead of a line of poetry. Each word in the quote is used in order and placed as the last word in each line of the poem.
Ahead, shiny time;
Behind, each withered moment is
Slipped into the
Memory banks, most
Time used for a flighty thing,
Slight remembrances of a
Time past, acquired by man
Never save, but might wisely spend.
by Donna JT Smith, 8/14/2017
As I read this a couple of days later, I thought - hey, how about an acrostic? Hey, how about an acrostic Golden Shovel? Ok. Let's try it.
So I did, with a few changes, too. The title is the T (Time), and the last letter I had to use my last name (Smith) as the last letter. The quote wasn't quite long enough. But I'm going with it even though it doesn't quite fit for an acrostic.
So, it is an Acrosti-Shovel or a Golden Acrostic or a Goldstic Acroshovel or Acrogold Shovelstic....Oh, this is almost as much fun as writing a poem!
Hastening ahead through shiny time;
Escaping behind, each withered moment is
Over, and slipped into the
Purse of memories, most
Hasty and foolish; valuable,
Rare time spent on a flighty thing,
Acquired recollections of a
Time he can
Ultimately never save, but only more wisely spend.
Smith, Donna JT, author
Spend your time today wisely. Spend your week wisely.
Spend a little, get a lot!
Start with Jone at Check it Out who is hosting Poetry Friday today.