Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Most Precious of Things ...


Hallo  everyone. Lovely to be here with you all again. 

It's that time when someone not a million miles from here has a birthday coming up once again, which made me think about time. 

As the years go by, we surely realize just how precious that commodity is. Time to enjoy our families, our friends and loved ones.  Time to enjoy the beauty of the world all around us. Time to enjoy all those simple things that can brighten our days, and mean so much. 


I so believe this is true, about giving someone your time.  Actually taking the time to listen to what people have to say as well.

y


Talking about time made me think about clocks, which made me think of one of one of my favourite poems by W.H.Auden. I hope you will enjoy it too.

Stop All The Clocks. 





Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. 



Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. 

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message, He Is Dead. 



Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. 

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

(How special to have someone love you with a depth of feeling like that)


I first came across that poem whilst watching the film Four Weddings And A Funeral, and I have loved it ever since. 

See you again soon little Bloggies. Take care. 

All images today courtesy of Pinterest

29 comments:

Shady Del Knight said...

Hallo, dear Thisisme! My father constantly reminded me that "time waits for no man." I took his wisdom to heart and try to make every minute count. A healthy relationship with time is as important as any other type of relationship. I am a great believer in managing time, staying ahead of the game and challenging myself to "beat the clock." When it comes to friendship, I have always preached that "friends make time for friends."

I'll have to don the dunce cap this time because I can't imagine who in the world it is with a birthday coming up (on the 13th of April :)

I hope you and Alfred are both chipper today and feeling fine. Happy Wordy Wednesday to you, dear friend Thisisme!

Denise said...

Yes,every year I'm more aware of just how fast it's going and keep thinking about My beloved husband and how one of Us will be left behind.Is it Your birthday coming up?I sure would not want to miss it.

Montanagirl said...

I loved this post. And the poem is really good. Just where does the time go so quickly? I wrote a poem awhile back that I might have to post soon. It also has to do with time passing. And you lovely post today triggered my thought process that maybe I should share it with my bloggy friends.

thisisme said...

Hi Shady! Yes, I think Alfred and I are both feeling a bit 'chipper' again now. Gosh, give that man a cream cake. He remembers birthdays. Gold star time me thinks dear Shadykins! I love that saying that your father used to say. You certainly always take time for your friends, and we are grateful for it.

thisisme said...

Hi Denise. Best not to think along those lines I guess, and just be grateful for the time we do have together.. Yes, birthday in a couple of weeks :)

thisisme said...

Hi Francine. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post today. Yes, you really must post the poem that you wrote, so that we can all read it.

rainbow said...

As we do get older TIME does get so precious to us but I still like to remind all my younger friends " Take it from me - THE BEST IS YET TO BE " it is up to you what you make if your TIME!!!!!!!! So make it a GOOD rest of the week. LOVE TO YOU DIANE and ALL YOUR WONDERFUL FAMILY!!!!!!

thisisme said...

Thank you Lyn for your wise comment. Certainly , I am enjoying this particular time of my life. The best is yet to be / I like that!

Shady Del Knight said...

It's nice that you are posting replies again, at least some of the time. I check back often to read other comments and it's always a pleasure to read your responses and to know that you are well.

God bless, hugs and smooches!

thisisme said...

Smooches right back at you, Shadykins!

Claudia Moser said...

Love the new header, such a wonderful memory!

Olive said...

I first heard that poem during the movie as well and I love it. I felt that way when my daddy died. Hope you are well and the weather is warming up. I am starting to garden a bit here. xo, olive

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I always say to hubby "Time waits for no man" A lovely post xox

Manzanita said...

A lovely post but in a way a little chilling too. I guess time is really manufactured by humans and there really is no time BUT whatever it is, I notice my sunrise and sunset almost bumping into each other.

I loved that movie Four Weddings and a Funeral. I saw it many times.

What a beautiful header picture. You have such a lovely family.
Have a precious week and slow that time down. Ha

thisisme said...

Hi Claudia. The photo was taken at EuroDisney. It was such a bitterly cold day! Not long after they moved to Paris. Always lovely to see you here b

thisisme said...

Hallo Olive! Thank you for popping over. Hope you are well. Yes, I have actually managed to get out in the garden at long last. I've sorted out all the pots and planted up some pansies. :)

thisisme said...

Thanks Anne. Yes, time marches relentlessly on, doesn't it?!!

Linda O'Connell said...

When the day drags, I think of how fast the weeks are flying,
and I wonder where the years have gone.

Bouncin Barb said...

What a great post my awesome friend! Time waits for no one is so true. I do love the pictures you've put up. Very appropriate. What a beautiful poem. I can say that I loved someone to that depth and was loved the same. It's hard to describe how blessed I was/am. Nothing ever compares. I am smiling as I write this! Thank you for that!! Hugs XX

Suzanne Prickett said...

HI Thisisme, just coming across the pond tonite from seeing Shady at the Dell!

Love all of your clocks and your messages about time. You know, I try to guide myself into spending more time listening and visiting with those I really care for. I do get wrapped up in just trying to get through a day and life as it deals situations out to me.

But, then I have to stop, and actually take the time to 'smell the roses', as the saying goes. Thank you for the reminder!

And,the best part of your post is that incredible photo of those three beautiful girls! You have such a lovely family, Thisisme!

Give Alfred a hug, hope he's feeling better. See you later. ♥

Retired English Teacher said...

That truly was an amazing poem. Thanks for sharing it. Thanks for these reminders of valuing the time we have and each other. Hugs.

Sush said...

I absolutely loved loved loved this post! Very introspective but necessary thinking to keep us reminded of what and who are important in life! I'm with Tom, it's fun to see you replying again on the blogs!
Have a fantabulous weekend, dear friend!
Hugs~

thisisme said...

Anything to keep you happy dear Tom :)

thisisme said...

Hi Manzi. I always like your take on things and that time is manufactured by humans! How clever. Glad you like the new header photo and, yes, that film was really lovely. Have you seen About Time. Sure you would love it.

thisisme said...

Hi Linda. And here you are, about to become a Great Grandma or Nanna. Waow - that IS exciting for you.

thisisme said...

Hi BB. I think the poem is moving / I'm glad you enjoyed the post today. I know that you and Rich had such a wonderful love for each other and it has been lovely for all if us to share in that story with you. Hugs my awesome friend.

thisisme said...

I see , my Texan friend, I come second to Shady, do I?! I can feel a little sulk coming on! :). I think it is do important for us all to remember to stop and smell the roses, especially when we are working. Which I, fortunately , am not!!!

thisisme said...

Hi there Sally. Thank you for visiting, and I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I'm sure, dear friend, that you can relate to that lovely poem more than most of us. Hugs to you.

thisisme said...

Hallo dear Sush. Long time no see!! Eeeek ! It would seem that I am going to have to go back to doing replies then. Trouble is, I'm never sure how many people actually return to read them! Loves~loves~loves.