Ninety Minutes

Posted: November 20, 2014 in poetry

One hour and thirty minutes
I will be late if not there in
One hour and thirty minutes
But I am in no hurry to burn the time
between now and then
Children are born in that length of time
from no breath and not breathing
to first gasp and first cry.

In that length of time I can sit peacefully
and ride miles high from Chicago to Kansas City
breathing only filtered air
and with window shades pulled
never feel or see a motion
other than a bump from a pocket of air
or a staggering walk to the lavatory.
In that length of time.

I am in no hurry to burn the time
Those ninety invisible minutes
Minutes I must use to wash my body and hair
and shave my creasing face.
For crying out loud..
Husbands and wives are married
in that length of time
in those same damn fleeting minutes
And here I am spending it taking a shower

Important things happen in that relative
but accurate to the second length of time
So I will serve up my own importance
between the now and then
this ninety minutes of life
I may seem late on the time of others
but I won’t be late on mine.
Those spent ninety minutes of time.


  1. your words have made time breathe, fly, unify, stand still…time changes us and we change time…thoughtful post and poetry. Thank you. -Ret

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  2. What a wonderful poem! I love the part about babies…and the part about the plane ride! Your wording of them painted beautiful word pics for me! 🙂
    It IS amazing what can happen in 90 minutes!
    And those around you are glad you took the time to shower and shave! 😉 😛
    Besides…often the shower is a good place to think, relax, meditate, renew, refresh, sing at the top of your lungs, mast…er…ba…ah…do other things! 😉 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    • Thanks C ! I love the subject of time. 🙂
      My showers definitely don’t last that long. 😀 LOL! That last thing in the shower is a good subject for another post. But I’m not sure how to write about it. Any suggestions? 🙂


  3. I think this is a wonderful piece– time to read it again !


  4. ~ Sadie ~ says:

    Oh yes, much can happen in 90 minutes – really enjoyed this!!


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