Instant messaging, Instant pics,

Instant coffee, Instant cakes,

Instant meals, Instant mails,

Instant loans, Instant sales.



Instant marriage, Instant love,

Instant arguments, Instant divorce,

Instant life, Instant doom,

Instant success, instantly fooled!


Life is naught now,

But a string of instant instances,

Where forsaken lies,

Our will to live, to strive,

Convoluted stands,

The meaning of time.


Time’s value gained,

At labour’s cost,

Happy halcyon days,

Of the past are lost.

What once took days,

Now spans minutes,

The fruit of care and toil,

Reduced to mere seconds.


Hear now, there may come,

Yet a time, friend,

When you & I must turn to dust, then,

An instant prayer, o’er our bodies said,

Then meet the maker we must,

And answer him for our haste.


He gave us time ample,

Then why must we race?

Life’s wealth lies in simple yearnings,

Not in wasteful chase.




©Pradita Kapahi, 2017.

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