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Time's Forked Tongue

expectations productivity stress time Sep 19, 2022
A coiled snake with its head resting on its body and its eyes staring straight ahead at the camera.

It’s easy to get caught in the hamster wheel of life; running faster and faster just to stay standing.

Everyone falls prey at some point. Here’s a poem about my experience:


Time, with its forked tongue, hissed in my ear,
Run, run faster


You are behind
You are behind everyone else
You are behind your dreams
You will never catch up, they are too far off


You are useless and insignificant
You don't have what it takes
You slow lazy bastard, life will pass you by
You will miss it all because you couldn't keep pace


It wrapped its serpentine body around my throat and squeezed
A little at first and then a bit more
Each of my breaths more painful than the one before


Again in my ear,
You who chases dreams
How dare you!


Dreams are for people who know how to push
Who know how to play the game
Who know how to hustle


You are powerless I will crush you where you stand
Tomorrow is already gone, see?


Look what little distance you've crossed in your years
Who's fault?
Your fault.


Tick tock
Tick tock
You will never beat this clock.


*Above photo by Jan Kopřiva


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