Where Did the Time Go?

1987 big brother, little sister 3.5 yrs., 2 mos.0001

How does time fly by so quickly?
I blinked. Now they are grown and gone.
Friends and family are frozen in time.
They just married. How can their children

1995 Tom, Emily in Spreewald Fulbright year0001

be grown adults? I remember them as
toddlers. Where did the time go?
I blinked. Now they are grown and gone.
Moved to a different state now too.

Gasthof Hirsch Schweindorf0001

How did I fly to Heidelberg and study
three years there? How too did I
complete five degrees in German?
I blinked. And another fifty years.


It seems another lifetime when
I began teaching and still another
when I retired. Where did the time go?
My former students remain frozen in time.


I blinked. Now they have graduated
and moved on to their lives. Married.
Living in other states too. Another
reunion now? I blinked and life went on.


We stay in touch. So many details and
memories. Heard from another former
student today. Nostalgia. I was the
consummate professional with high standards.

2007 J & M A0001 (2)

I blinked. Now they are grown and gone.
It is well for the future when I recall with
fondness those former students who
left me full of hope for the future.


They accomplished greatness.
I blinked and life went on.
I blinked and smiled with satisfaction.
I blinked now. A job well done.




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8 Responses to Where Did the Time Go?

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Your life captured in poetic capsules and frozen images reminds me very much of my own. Very well done and lovingly presented, Mary Ann! Do you still have that T-shirt?

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  2. The time went too blinking fast, didn’t it? I loved your poem and all the photos.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Bette says:

    Time sure does fly… leaving us with beautiful memories of days gone by. ❤ xo

    Liked by 1 person

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