As life returns to normal, post-COVID infection, I thought it might be an idea to write some longer form poems for the next 30 days, to get me back into the business of routine. Fortunately, Twitter has provided an event for that: #NaPoWriMo, which is part of #NationalPoetryMonth.

It’s #Day8 and I know some poets think ‘aping’ (copying someone else’s idea and form) is a form of cheating when it comes to poetry. It’s easier sometimes, however, when you don’t feel confident enough yourself to briefly lean on someone else. In this case, that means using the starting point of song lyrics, that play over a shocking, terrifyingly clever end credits scene, making it even more potent. For #NaPoWriMo today… it’s time for an ape, based on a James Bond film.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and please comment if you like this 😀


We Have None of the Time In the World
(after Hal David)

we have none of the time in the world
no sense, urgency
to undo all this damage done
time we’ve wasted

we have none of the peace in the world
that, a greater need
end fighting
dispense with our greed

every excuse causes more damage
altering Mother Earth, will now doom us

we have run out of time to atone
clock has struck
party’s done, harm has won
love is gone

every minute, wasted, lost desires
empty promises burnt, world engulfed, in flames

we have come to the time to expire
man will pass
human race, not replaced
we are gone

we are gone

we are gone

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