The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory

(An Ekphrastic poem inspired by La persistencia de la memoria – Salvador Dalí)

Wind blown
Time drifts past us
Seasons falling down
Like leaves on the breeze
Hours melt into years
Whilst years decay slowly
Forming the ever increasing sediment
Of eons. Settling layer upon layer
Building a dense but undeniable picture
The mind plays tricks upon the eye
The inner eye playing its own games
With the mind
Memories continue long after smells
Tastes and touches have drifted away
On currents of fluid moments
Our pictures of the past hang loosely
Draped over the feeble branches of consciousness
Losing form, losing coherence
Still we cling ever more to that which has gone
That which can never be redeemed
That which we hope never to forget
Sometimes that which we long to purge
To be rid of
To be free to live anew
In the now
In the future
But time chases ahead of us too
Capturing each moment
And casting it over our shoulders
Into the mists of past
The sands of time are just made of sand
But pour ever down relentless
The timer vast and all encompassing
We live fleeting moments
Only to be trapped
Within a melting clock.
Iain

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