Time is a Feeling

17 NOVEMBER 2020

GREGORY BABLIS

Part of “The Journey” mural by Ratoos Haopa
Time is a feeling
No matter how much one tries
To measure and quantify
With hour glass, sun dial, clock
It is as much a feeling
As it is a concept of space
You feel time more than you read it.
When you're enjoying it
Time moves fast
When you're in "prison"
It moves at snail’s pace
When there's so much to do
There's not enough time to do it in
When there's nothing to do
There's too much time on hand.
Time is a feeling
You feel time 
Catalyzed by your emotions
When you’re happy
Time is short
When you’re sad
Time drags on
When you’re pressed for it
There’s not enough of it.
In melancholia,
Time devours
Creating a psychological expanse
Barren of joy
Teeming with sorrow
Longing for it to end
Only lengthens its torturous grip.

In love,
Time devours
Creating a flurry of warmth
Savouring, shortens the spell
Time compresses
And ends all too soon
Taking you with it
Or placing you on a path anew.

Published by Ples Singsing

Ples Singsing is envisioned to be a new platform for Papua Niuginian expressions of creativity, ingenuity and originality in art and culture. We deliberately highlight these two very broad themes as they can encompass the diverse subjects, from technology, medicine and architecture to linguistics, music, fishing, gardening et cetera. Papua Niuginian ways of thinking, living, believing, communicating, dying and so on can cover the gamut of academic, journalistic or opinionated writing and we believe that unless we give ourselves a platform to talk about and discuss these things in an open, free and non-exclusively academic space that they may remain the fodder for academics, journalists and other types of writers alone. New social media platforms have given every individual a personal space to share their feelings and ideas openly, sometimes without immediate censure. The Ples Singsing writer’s blog would like to provide another more structured platform for Papua Niuginian expressions in written, visual and audio formats while also providing some regulation of the type and content of materials to be shared publicly.

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