Eternal Hold

"Your wait time is approximately 30 minutes..."
But the music is pleasant enough;
some piano riffs in the background
accompanying me
as I move about the house.

Thirty minutes grows like the puddle
left from a leaking pipe.
I wonder--do I have time for this right now?
Is the wait truly worth it?

It comes to me that I've misjudged forever,
timing my days by my own clock,
limiting the space with earth-bound ideas.
What is 30 minutes in an eon?
a nano-blink on the radar,
a sight gone missing in
the grand scheme of things.

no, thirty minutes is NOT forever--
we were made for much, much more.

Sharing with the folks over at dVerse Pub for Open Link night....


  1. smiles..true that...and yet...30 minutes can feel like an eternity...though...since i started writing poetry...i think i got never ever bored waiting matter if in hotel lobbies or airports..i just start writing..smiles

  2. yes we are...that is a mere eye blink in perspective...and much like claudia my notebook in my pocket is always a ready distraction....

  3. Good point, but I would've hung up right after the mechanical voice said I would be waiting 30 minutes. Patient, I am not. What I really like is when you decide, okay, I got to do this and you wait, then someone says, "Hello... beep, snark, grik... ... boooooooooooooooooo <--dial tone. Blood shoots outta my eyes!
    Oh, by the way, nice write, Jody Lee!
    I love that name! Have a cousin and a nephew named Jody. I can hear your mama hollerin, "Jody Lee! You GIT outta that mud RIGHT NOW, girl!

  4. Really wonderful verse---and haven't we all been there making the choice to wait?

  5. This sounds so familiar. I'm sure you're not as old as I...but, if you're in the US, just wait till you have to call Medicare. :0)

    1. Victoria, you're sweet to say so, but, shameless admission--I'll be 60 in August. My husband (who married up :-) is already 66 and unfortunately we've spent more time than we care to on hold with Medicare.
      I think the IRS holds the prize tho' personally for wait time. :-)

  6. John Milton's Sonnet XIX has that enviable line: "They also serve who only stand and wait". I remembered this at once while reading your poem; and if I read it right, that metaphorical "eternal hold" has much in common with that aphorism. With that in mind, your verse takes on quite a philosophical bent.

    1. Samuel--I was familiar with the 'waiting' quote but did not know it was Milton. As to the last line, I was thinking about Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has set eternity in their hearts."
      I believe we all know we were made for more than this world...

  7. It depends on whether one is hurry to get somewhere else. 30 minutes is enough to go have tea and return later. :D I love the conclusion/perspective at the end there. Everything is a moment, if we view ourselves being meant for something eternal, I guess.