Time Still

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There is time still

for sitting in cafes

in Paris

sipping wine.


Time still

for going to meet

the guru.


There is time still.


Now I am caring for eternity,

carrying bodies soft with sleep

to beds of flowered quilts and pillows.


Answering cries deep out of nighttime fears.

Buckling shoes.

Opening doors.



My soul now is dwelling in the house of tomorrow.


Tomorrow there will be time

for long, leisurely conversations,

for poems to write,

and dances to perform.


Time still.


So I surrender now

to them and this,

knowing it is they

who will teach me

how to do it all.


Peggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering magazine from 1980 to 2011. Peggy founded Mothering.com in 1995 and was its editor-in chief until 2012. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three. 

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Editor and Publisher of peggyomara.com. Longtime natural living advocate, award winning writer, and independent thinker.

11 thoughts on “Time Still

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  2. stacy

    Hi Peggy,

    I remember reading this poem when you first published it in Mothering Magazine. My kids were still little at the time and it your poem gave me such hope for the future. Now my boys are 18 and 23 and it’s true… there is and was time. But when they were little I still ached to create art and write and found pockets of time, mostly when my kids were sleeping to do so. Even though I had less sleep… I was a happier mom for taking time to make art and write.

  3. Barbara

    Thank you for this lovely poem. It was on my refrigerator when our girls were small and I found it so hopeful and comforting. Today our girls are 20 and 23 and I am filled with gratitude for the role your poem had in our lives. Today I shared it with a young mom and again, am filled with gratitude. Thank you.

    • Peggy O'MaraPeggy O'Mara Post author

      Thank you so much, Barbara. Your thanks means so much to me! I’m so glad you and now young moms of today are helped by my poem. Thanks you for sharing it.

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  5. Sue Jacoby

    Peggy, this seems like a good time to thank you for Mothering Magazine in general. I count them as dear friends that I can never let go. My kids are 35 and 39. I was so excited at the prospect of meeting you at the Chicago (or was it the Anaheim) LLLI conference and so sad when you couldn’t make it. I offer you this cyber hug in gratitude that you touched my family’s lives through your work. With love, Sue Jacoby, California.

    • Peggy O'MaraPeggy O'Mara Post author

      Thank you so much, Sue. You warm my heart. A big cyberhug back at you! Thank you again for your kind words. I wish I had met you in Anaheim? I think I went to all the Chicago ones, but why would I have not gone to Anaheim??


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