17 July 2016 Humans and Time, Lady Time (my poem), the Egyptian water clocks called Clepsydras, Pink Floyd Time and Comfortably Numb

Hello to you – it’s Sunday, about 8:37 a.m. as I write to you now.  I hope that whenever and wherever this finds you that you are well!  The subject of the morning dog walk with Kyle was about time.  We talked about how it’s different for everyone and how the rest of the creation doesn’t use time pieces or care about time….it seems to be a human problem LOL.  We said this as we watched the daily morning migration of many birds that were headed to the water spots around town.  They are so lovely to watch.  For them it’s so simple.  The sun comes up and from wherever they have decided to nest for the night, they stretch, shake themselves….may be a little preening and off they fly to do what they must for their daily survival.  They aren’t all that different from us but they are truly free I think…..they know not the paradox…the heartache that keeping track of Time brings to humankind.

For humans “Time is Money.”  Yeah the rest of creation…probably the known Universe doesn’t much care about Time or Money.  Money wasn’t the original intention of keeping track of time but it sure seems to be now!  Such a shame to have to waste our precious time to amass something we can’t take with us in the end….just leave it for others to fight over after we are gone.   We spend so much time trying to earn enough money so we can have the means to spend our time the way we want to.  I look at the ladder of money earners from top to bottom….we do nearly sell our souls for “time-money” don’t we?  If you think about it, how much “time” do you really get for the money you are slaving away to earn?  The truth is that just like you can’t get back lost sleep….you can’t buy more “time.”

So if you are going to do something for money…..do what brings you joy and happiness and don’t  “should on yourself” for somebody else’s dream…. or pocketbook. 

Kyle and I talked about how different time is depending on what you are doing what you are expecting.  Time always seems to go so swiftly when you are doing things you want to do, doing things and being with other “beings” you enjoy…..when you are in the “flow” of time and nothing is obstructing it’s path.  Then there is the phenomenon of Time crawling by or even seeming to stop…..it’s in those moments mortality creeps in doesn’t it?  When you stop running and see your face in the mirror and notice a gray hair that wasn’t there before….that damn one black hair that insists on growing under your chin no matter how many times you’ve plucked it!  (In Orange is the New Black, Piper called her’s “Spike”.)  Least it’s not gray…yet lol.

When I was in high school I wrote a poem about time:

Lady Time

by Jacqueline Schmidt (old poetry book 1980’s)

Lady Time

Sits with her hour glass

On a mantle in

The Sky

Watching flesh and steel

Rise and die

She smiles at the time

She’s managed to waste

As humans and steel

Use their time in

Frantic haste

Dreading each day

That has past


It could be their last

Lady Time

With her hour glass

In the sky

Laughing as the world

On its turning axis

Rotates each day



I was looking around for information about the history of time-keeping and the device that stuck out for me was one of the first devices every created, the Egyptian Clepsydra.

http://www.beaglesoft.com/maintimehistory.htm (excerpt)

Using Water

Clepsydras or water clocks were among the first timekeeping devices that didn’t use the sun or the passage of celestial bodies to calculate time. One of the oldest was found in the tomb of ancient Egyptian King Amenhotep I, buried around 1500 B.C. Around 325 B.C., the Greeks began using clepsydras (Greek for “water thief”) by the regular dripping of water through a narrow opening and accumulating the water in a reservoir where a float carrying a pointer rose and marked the hours. A slightly different water clock released water at a regulated rate into a bowl until it sank. These clocks were common across the Middle East, and were still being used in parts of Africa during the early 20th century. They could not be relied on to tell time more closely than a fairly large fraction of an hour.

More elaborate and impressive mechanized water clocks were developed between 100 B.C. and 500 A.D. by Greek and Roman horologists and astronomers. The added complexity was aimed at making the flow more constant by regulating the pressure providing fancier displays of the passage of time. Some water clocks rang bells and gongs; others opened doors and windows to show little figures of people, or moved pointers, dials, and astrological models of the universe. More on Roman timekeeping…

A Greek astronomer, Andronikos, supervised the construction of the Tower of the Winds in Athens in the first century B.C. This octagonal structure showed scholars and marketplace shoppers both sundials and mechanical hour indicators. It featured a 24-hour mechanized clepsydra and indicators for the eight winds from which the tower got its name, and it displayed the seasons of the year and astrological dates and periods.

In the Far East, mechanized astronomical/astrological clock-making developed from 200 to 1300 A.D. Third-century Chinese clepsydras drove various mechanisms that illustrated astronomical phenomena. One of the most elaborate clock towers was built by Su Sung and his associates in 1088 A.D. Su Sung’s mechanism incorporated a water-driven escapement invented about 725 A.D.

The Su Sung clock tower, over 30 feet tall, possessed a bronze power-driven armillary sphere for observations, an automatically rotating celestial globe, and five front panels with doors that permitted the viewing of mannequins which rang bells or gongs, and held tablets indicating the hour or other special times of the day.

I hope that however and with whomever you choose….chose….to spend today that it brought it was time and money (as applicable) well spent!  Love to you through the wires (and time…wink).


4 comments on “17 July 2016 Humans and Time, Lady Time (my poem), the Egyptian water clocks called Clepsydras, Pink Floyd Time and Comfortably Numb

  1. the poem is just GREAT! no worries Spot gray is a super color… and all love it… 50 shades of gray became even super famous, althoug I don’t know why… so gray is not that bad :o) we made such a water clock as a school project once…. as we came back for a reunion in 2003, it was still there :o)

    • Thank you Easy for the compliment (says Spot as she runs her paws over her many shades (not sure if there are 50) face. That is so cool that the clock would still be there – may be they felt it kept great time?! Love to you!

  2. I gave up wearing a watch 25 years ago, Jackie. I found that I still got where I needed to go in a timely manner. Living in NYC there are enough outside, public clocks, plus I got to tune in to the shifting light as the Earth makes its way around the Sun. For me, that’s the main use of a clock. Otherwise, time is a human construct. I look at my existence in this plane and dimension as a parenthesis in my Eternal existence, so I have no sense of finiteness about that, lol! 😉 xoxoM

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