Nothing Lasts


All we really have is now-
the current moment.
The wise and contemplative
 have mentored with
"be here now"
All our personal history
is, in reality
subject to the vagaries of retrospective analysis
and the perils thereof.
The future proves equally
as unmanageable
and when it arrives
as the current moment
it most often remains
 completely
unrelated to the collective worry
embedded in its anticipation. 
A beautiful, but expired Queen Anne's Lace
can invite the mind
to fuse with the past and depression
or as easily
angst about the unknown but ill predicted future.
Even experiential denial-
refusing to accept this expired life
until the winter snow freezes our fingers and cheeks.
If you are asked what time it is
respond with now.
It is all we ever really have.
K. Carter