Short Poem

I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of an empty page, or a computer screen. In part, because I’m terrified of being forgotten, of living a life that isn’t worth remembering. So I’m constantly trying to leave something behind, be it poetry, fiction, art or music. While this makes me feel better about dying, there is a part of me that wonders how much I’m missing out on. That wonders about how I’m choosing to spend my time in the light. This poem is featured in my debut book Tell The Birds She’s Gone.

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Choose How You Spend Your Time

© more by Blake Auden

Published by Family Friend Poems August 2020 with permission of the Author.

You cannot
slow the setting
of the sun.
You can only choose
how to spend
your time
in the light.


Blake Auden is a poet and lyricist based in Brighton, UK. His debut book Tell the Birds She’s Gone is now on its third print run, and his second collection, Beekeeper, is releasing on September 8, 2020.


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