Do Not Waste Time

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  Turn! Turn! Turn!  (posted by Lillian)
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 American Standard Version (ASV).
“I really know next to nothing about the Bible – depending on your perspective that’s either good, bad, or it doesn’t much matter to you. But the Ecclesiastes verse quoted above has always stuck with me. Perhaps it’s because of the song Turn! Turn! Turn! written by Pete Seeger in the late 50s. It became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds. I’ve always loved the song.”

So – morphing into today’s prompt, I’d like you to do one of three things:

1) pick one or two of the times mentioned in the Ecclesiastes quotation and include it/them word for word, in a poem;

OR 2) pick one or two of the times mentioned in the Ecclesiastes quotation and let it/them motivate your poem – no need to mention it/them word for word but we should be able to identify the reference;

OR 3) create your own time frame and write a poem that includes the words “a time to _____________” OR “a time for _____________” (you fill in the blank).


A time to love,
is always.
A time to hate
is never.
A time for war
would not be needed,
if we all could learn
the meaning of peace.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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14 Responses to Do Not Waste Time

  1. Grace says:

    Yes. A lesson for us all.


  2. lillian says:

    ….or if we all could learn the meaning of love. 🙂


  3. macalder02 says:

    “A time to think that we have contributed to our life to make it better.” You make a very high reflection. I’m happy to find your blog. Enjoy reading.


  4. annell4 says:

    “If only!!” May “peace” be with you now!!


  5. Beverly Crawford says:

    I take umbrage with the “time to hate” and “time for war” part of the Bible verse. I agree, time to hate is never!


  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Good point in those first four lines.


  7. rothpoetry says:

    You have said it all in such a few words. Peace seems to be the hardest lesson to learn even though it brings the best results.


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