There comes a moment in our lives that we start to measure time in distance. It is an odd stance we take when we make that distinction, a hinting at some sort of accomplishment. How many years have marked the walking a mile in someone’s shoes? How many hand held strolls in a lifetime? How much life has passed in commutes and moves and the groove to whatever lengths we need to traverse?

And what’s worse? The speed in which these miles flash by us! Zero to sixty written in the gap of years; from here to there in the blink of an eye. And try as we will to understand, where has time gone? Where have WE gone? The longer we’re here, the further away from there we’ll be. Our age correlates to the distance we’ve gone to get where we are. No boat, no plane, no automobile will steal us away to where we began. And here we’ll stand nowhere near where we began. And the journey continues.

Many sunsets pass
in the twilight of our years
we face our fears

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016

Presented at dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday #13: “Walking”



  1. I iike the take on this prompt – the walk of our lives. I measure my walk in seasons and lately, have begun counting them. 20 springs ago, 40 summers, five winters…and we truly are not close to where we began. Different now than then. Truly liked this and the perspective.

  2. I like your take on the prompt. It’s interesting to think about life not as an amount of time that has passed– especially since our experiences of the passage of time can seem so fickle; so subjective– but as distances traversed, the journeys undergone over the course of a lifetime. Bittersweet

  3. I love your thoughts here Walt… so much of lift is about the miles and time… actually reminds me of something I read of Hopi philosophy who had something of a space-time concept. That time and distance was one and the same.

  4. I love your questions Walt, very thought provoking ~ As I grow older the distance doesn’t matter but the journey and how I faced the challenges ~ It’s also the time to face our fears ~

    Blessings to the family ~

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