“In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time
you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world,
but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”
—from The Time of Your Life by William Saroyan (1908 – 1981)
Space Time Curving Around the Sun
Time flies, flees, brings COVID-19 virus disease
it can pass slowly if you’re having fun or not
if anti vax anti mask or anxious not at ease
when you get sick find out what it is you got
Time, tide, and taxes are said to wait for no man
taxes have a deadline avoided by most of the rich
middle class pays most, an upper-class cheating plan
increases losses, decreases values, lies like a SOB
Time’s on your side, can do no wrong, know the song
“time has come today ” as Chambers Bros. still sing
it is time to come time to go time lasts all day long
timing not right, time is tight, time’s a yearly fling
“In the time of your life, live” don’t do time for crime
laugh cry love be happy and please take your time.
Tempon Uchan Gi Tasin Susupe
(Rainy season on Susupe Beach)
“sudden rain blots out day, thunders down.
I search for empty blue sky, but it is gone.”
—Chinese poet, Wang Wei, (701-761 CE).
Intermittent rain on a gray overcast day
not a trace of blue in the sky all day today
tide shuffles in and out on Susupe Beach
military prepositioning ships are out of reach
I fear there is damage to CNMI coral reefs
as anchors drag them for months on end
perhaps not as bad as some local beliefs
is there money to investigate left to spend
the sky clears for a New Year’s new moon
mothers and dads bring infants into the water
older children enter the blue lagoon soon
learning to swim each son and daughter
here on the beach a thrown talaya net
catching *e’e’ tiao or mafuti you can bet.
*Chamorro names for three kinds of small reef fish
By JOEY ‘PEPE BATBON’ CONNOLLY (Special to the Saipan Tribune)
Joey aka Pepe Batbon is a retired educator who taught in the CNMI, NOLA, and LVNV. He is a sonnet practitioner who enjoys stargazing.