My goodness how the time has flewn–a poetry mash-up

Oh my ears and whiskers, it’s late

I read an article this morning in Writer’s Digest Magazine (March-April 2016) called “9 Ways to Polish Your Poetry for Publication” by Lauren Camp.  The eighth way she wrote about was interlacing two different poems.  She says that’s how the Beatles wrote the lyrics to “A Day in the Life.”

Then this afternoon, I went for a walk.  It was a beautiful spring day here in Chicago.  I returned a library book, which wasn’t overdue, and mailed in my  condo association’s tax return which was (it was due last month).  As I walked, I thought about time.  I thought about how this year (school year) is flying by.  This has been my sabbatical (technically a leave of absence, but I think sabbatical sounds better) year.  I have been enjoying having this time to work on my own projects, but it seems like the time is flying by.  Don’t get me wrong, I will be happy to be back in the classroom in the fall with my little ones, but still, this time out has been wonderful!  I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to have this time away.

Then I started thinking of these two poems–“How did it get so late so soon” by Dr. Seuss and “I’m late, I’m late” by Lewis Carroll via the white rabbit.  And I wondered if I could interlace them.  This is what I came up with.  It expresses that feeling I’ve been having of time rushing past–not just this year, but maybe ever since my daughters were born.  Oh, there were some very long nights that seemed to go on forever, but the time still went by very quickly.  Like Gretchen Rubin says in The Happiness Project, “The days are long but the years are short.”

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It’s a little hard to read–sorry!  Here’s a close-up of the words:


That’s it for today and for the letter M mash-up.

m and don’t forget to check out the A to Z Challenge bloghop

And thanks for stopping by–I’ve gotta go, I’m late!


I am a writer, handworker, artist and teacher (a WHAT!), and a mom of two beautiful daughters who are amazingly 17 and 21. I am working on getting my first book, a fantasy novel for young people, published and am busy spinning on my new spinning wheel. I have been a Waldorf early childhood teacher for 10 years now, and before that, I was a lawyer. Teaching is much more fun.

11 thoughts on “My goodness how the time has flewn–a poetry mash-up

  1. I love this! I have been playing with poetry too and discovered Found Poetry (my F letter post). Its so fun to try new things and your poem here went together in a really cool way.

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