Poem: Speeding To A Stop


When I wrote this poem I had been sat at my laptop trying to force the words out. I should know better than anyone that the well runs dry and no amount of rain dances will fill it back up again (yes it is raining as I write this!). The thing is, I had allocated myself this 3-hour block before I go to work to actually do something productive on the blog. To write something that isn’t a review. To wax lyrical on a topic I haven’t been paid to write, even though they are my own thoughts and words and still a blog post!

But I have been so busy writing for others and writing about Ariel and Jonny that there really hasn’t been much time for anything else. But would it be so bad if I didn’t write anything in those 3 hours? If I just downed tools and said, thanks but no thanks I’m going to sit this one out? Would my blog come crashing down before my eyes? Is it OK to just stop and smell the (metaphorical) roses?

So I took myself off. Away from the laptop. Away from the kitchen. Just away. My white chair spun on its itself as I moved from my seat. It sat lonely and abandoned amidst the black of my kitchen like a forlorn puppy missing its owner. But nothing good would happen whilst I stayed there. Everything would just have to wait. For 1 minute? 5 minutes? A whole hour?

It turns out it was a 10 minutes break and a few games of emoji blitz on the phone that cleared the cobwebs and gave me this little poem below. I’m still new to writing poetry, still learning, as I am with my stories, so any constructive feedback greatly appreciated as always. Enjoy!

Speeding To A Stop.

Every single spare minute is full
Life jam packed.
Every drop squeezed out
Make sure we are living to the fullest.

No time to stop,
no time to rest.
Just simply no time.
Not enough time.
The sand is falling and soon it’s going to be too late.

Do what needs to be done.

Or else……
Or else what?
What will happen?
What if we waste that second?
That minute?

Will it be a loss?
To sit.
To stop.
For a moment or two

Would you like to sit with me for few?
To enjoy the silence,
Breathe in the calm.
To reset yourself.
Before the play button is pressed

Is pressed once more.
And off we go a million miles an hour
Doing, being, rushing, seeking

So sit here with me a while
Have a rest and just be.
For in a minute there will be another minute
To hasten and speed off on your way

But there won’t be this minute
To stop and enjoy
And to truly savour
What these precious moments are actually for.
As you come speeding to a stop.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
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  1. I just spent a lovely week slowing down with the family on a holiday! I know have so much more to bring to the writing table! Brilliant! Thanks, #kcacols xoxo

  2. I love this poem and really needed to read this now, today, this minute. Thank you! You have no idea how helpful you have been! M’wah! #kcacols

  3. Oh I’m unsure if my comment went through! I don’t see it? I said I am guilty of rushing around way too much and never simply living in the moment. #kcacols

  4. I think most of us will relate to that poem. Totally how I feel as we approach the end of the school year, where does the time go eh?#KCACOLS

  5. Love this for soooo many people can relate! Life seems to be whizzing by now that I am a parent and sometimes we need to just slow down as opposed to being in autopilot mode! #KCACOLS

  6. Lovely! I’m always trying to do too many things and it’s really not good for the mental or physical health #KCACOLS

  7. Something I can totally relate to. Think we could all do with slowing down and bit and smelling the roses! #KCACOLS

  8. Life is so fast paced isn’t it, it’s so important to take time to stop sometimes. Keep up the writing #KCACOLS

  9. I really love this – I keep telling myself that I need to slow down sometimes and not go at one speed! Love that you are trying something new too #KCACOLS xx

  10. I used to Sit and write poetry before I started blogging – you’ve inspired me to take a bit of time out at start again! #kcacols

  11. there is a lot to be said for slowing life down. I read a fab quote this morning – that people aren’t too busy all the time, they just don’t prioritize. I liked that. #KCACOLS

  12. Life does race by and I can’t believe how much my children change each day. I feel like I’ve forgotten so much of their lives 🙁 #kcacols

  13. This is a lovely poem. I realised the benefit of stopping for a moment today – my husband looked after our little girl while I sat on my own in the sun for an hour or so, and I managed to clear my head for the first time in months. It’s done me the world of good! I definitely intend to do it more often. #kcacols

  14. Yes this is me! I hardly get a second to sit down these days before someone needs something! X #kcacols

  15. This is so relatable especially now im back at work. Looking forward to our week away soon to slow down. #KCACOLS

  16. I’m currently sitting here thinking that I should be writing, but seemingly with nothing to say. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just walk away for a bit! #KCACOLS

  17. This is so relatable! I’ve sat down so many times to write because I feel I should but sometimes just nothing comes and it makes me so anxious. I need to learn to walk away from it more. #kcacols

  18. Good poem, I like it a lot. I think you need to decide on a consistent use of punctuation though. there are lines that start with capital letters even though the line before had no period. Little things like that. A good tip is to always read it out loud to yourself. And to leave it and come back to it a few hours or a few days later to edit. #kcacols

  19. It’s a good reminder that we are allowed to stop and take some time off from time to time. The world will keep going even if we just stop for a few moments x

  20. I love this, it perfect captures how I’m feeling at the minute. Monday mornings are my usual writing time as it’s the only time L is in nursery and the house is quiet, but yesterday I sat there staring at the screen completely exhausted and nothing would come. In the end I gave myself permission to just take some time out for me for a change. I kept feeling guilty about it but had to remind myself that the world would not come crashing down just because I took a morning off x

  21. Really lovely poem, I wish that I could write poems like that. I’m rubbish at poetry! #KCACOLS

  22. We could all benefit from slowing the pace a bit I’m sure. One way we do that is to read books together, there’s always time for books in our house and they can’t be rushed! #KCACOLS

  23. Absolutely, I also wrote a post about just making time for US! To sit and be still, it is SO SO important #KCACOLS

  24. I really liked the poem. It really speaks to how many of us feel these days. All of this technology meant to save us time but instead making us feel like we must be constantly productive. Keep writing the poetry – you have a talent. If you want to read other modern poets for inspiration, a really good friend of mine is a published poet. Google “Andrew Jarvis poet” if you’re interested. He writes a lot about loss and changes across generations. #kcacols

  25. We so needed to slow down and enjoy this family. Now we have been on the road for two weeks and we are ready to get back into go mode.

  26. What a lovely poem. I can identify. I feel like my life has been on fast forward since my son was born. It’s slowed slightly since I got pregnant again but I know it’s going to fly when this one has been born. #KCACOLS

  27. It’s so important to remember that we take time to realise these things. We can get caught up in all the wrong things sometimes can’t we? #KCACOLS

  28. I’ve written a few poems and it’s funny as they just flow don’t they? Well done… I know how you feel! #kcacols

  29. I LOVE this poem. I’m NOT usually a poem reader, but this one I understood and appreciated. It truly sums up what I want my blog to be about. I want my readers to slow down and appreciate their moments with their families and during their “me time.”

  30. I’m not really a poet nor do I read much poetry but I completely understand how you’re feeling! #KCACOLS

  31. Love this. As a fellow poet I found myself guessing the next line as I read it so it was a pleasant surprise that the line wasn’t what I predicted. Still need to catch up on your saltlakes series too. I think I have the last two episodes to enjoy