Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 31, Issue 9, pp 1108–1108 | Cite as

The March of Time

  • Midge Goldberg
Healing Arts: Materia Medica


Public Health Internal Medicine Slow Pace 
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My heart begins to race (in turtle time)

watching him lumber closer, a slow pace

more nerve-wracking than speed. This birthday I’m

relaxing here and trying not to trace

the march of time. I watch him lift a foot—

I think I could go make a cup of tea

in all the time it takes for him to put

it down again. And now he’s watching me.

There must be something that seems slow to turtles—

the way I wait for each blink endlessly—

rock-time, evolutionary hurdles,

marvels I live too fast to even see.

But me with my, he with his turtled eye,

we watch the same infinities blink by.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ChesterUSA

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