imminent and transcendent time

Outside the church,
I stood on the brick
commemorating her.

Hard to believe it’s been more than three years.

And I felt the need
to name some new categories
for my own thinking about time.

So borrowing existing concepts,
I’m calling imminent time
not necessarily present time,
but rather the time that is always present—
the events that remain ever current—
those moments that never get swept away into the past.

So then, I guess, there would be
transcendent time
not those moments that seem ever present,
but those that within every present
feel like they should last forever.

And I reached down
and touched her brick
and prayed
that for her loved ones
there would always be,
within their memories,
some balance between
time imminent and time transcendent.


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