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Hymn to Time

Time says “Let there be”
every moment and instantly
there is space and the radiance
of each bright galaxy.

And eyes beholding radiance.
And the gnats’ flickering dance.
And the seas’ expanse.
And death, and chance.

Time makes room
for going and coming home
and in time’s womb
begins all ending.

Time is being and being
time, it is all one thing,
the shining, the seeing,
the dark abounding.

Credit


From Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014 (PM Press, 2015). Copyright © 2015 by Ursula K. Le Guin. Used with the permission of PM Press.

Author


Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of several poetry collections, including Finding My Elegy: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012), and over twenty novels, including The Left Hand of Darkness (Walker, 1969).

Date Published: 2018-05-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/hymn-time