60 Poems About Time

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Teaching poetry is an essential part of literary education. However, getting students to connect with the art of poetry writing can sometimes pose a challenge for educators. An effective way to engage students in writing their poems is to use a unifying theme that can inspire them. 

In this article, we will provide you with a series of poems focusing on the theme of time. We will show you how to use these poems to teach your students how to write their poems while developing their literary and creative skills.

Using the theme of time, students can learn to explore complex emotions and ideas within the context of something familiar and relatable. 

This targeted approach makes it an ideal method for educators in their classrooms. So, let’s dive into how you can use these poems to teach your students the art of poetry writing.

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About February  here.

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Five Free Verse Poems About Time


In the blink of an eye,

Moments turn into memories,

And memories into stories

That live on long past our time.

We hold onto them tightly

In the fast-moving stream of time,

Treasuring each one

As a precious piece of life.

“The Endless Flow”

Time flows like a river,

Endlessly moving forward,

Carrying us with it

As we journey through life,

Sometimes calm and peaceful,

Other times tumultuous and rough,

But always moving,

And always leading us on.

“Small Things”

Time is made up of small things,

Moments that seem insignificant,

But that add up to something greater,

Something that shapes who we are.

It’s in the smile of a friend,

The laughter of a child,

And the comfort of a loved one,

That time becomes something beautiful.

“Timeless Dreams”

In the realm of dreams and imagination,

Time has no bounds or limitations,

And we can soar high and free

In the boundless expanse of possibility.

Our dreams become timeless,

And time becomes a friend,

Guiding us towards a brighter future,

Where anything can be achieved.

“Fleeting Moments”

Time is made up of fleeting moments,

Glimpses of something precious and real,

That can be lost in the blink of an eye.

But in the memory of those moments,

We can find comfort and hope,

And hold onto them tightly,

As we journey through the cycle of time.

Five Acrostic Poems About Time

1. Time’s Passage

Ticking seconds, ever in flight,
Invisible hands, holding the night.
Moments passing, like whispered dreams,
Eternal flow, or so it seems.

By Dan Higgins 2024

2. Infinite Moments

Infinite moments, strung on a thread,
Never ending, always ahead.
Fleeting seconds, each a gem,
Illusive time, we can’t stem.
Now is gone, even as it came,
Into the future, plays the game.
Time, the master, never tame,
Each tick a player in its game.

By Dan Higgins 2024

3. Moments of Life

Miracles in minutes, life unfurls,
On the canvas of time, it twirls.
Memories etched in the sands of the hour,
Each one a testament to its power.
Never stagnant, forever in flow,
Time, the greatest show.
Seize the day, before it takes flight,
Our existence, but a blink in the night.
Fleeting and precious, every second,
Life’s sweet mystery, time has reckoned.
In the heart of now, eternity hides,
For in time, our destiny resides.
Each moment lived, a timeless ride.

By Dan Higgins 2024

4. Eternal Cycle

Each dawn, a new chapter begins,
Time, the weaver of life’s whims.
Every sunset, a tale unfolds,
Reminding us of time’s holds.
Never ceasing, always in flow,
Always moving, high or low.
Love, loss, joy, and sorrow,
Captured in the morrow.
Years pass, yet moments remain,
Carved by time, in joy and pain.
Life’s journey, on time’s train,
Eternal cycle, again and again.

By Dan Higgins 2024

5. Sands of Time

Silently, they fall, one by one,
A testament to deeds done.
Never resting, always in flight,
Dancing shadows in the night.
Seconds, minutes, hours, days,
On time’s canvas, life plays.
Fleeting moments, like grains of sand,
Time’s gift, held in our hand.
Infinite possibilities, in each tick,
Make the most of it, make it stick.
Each grain a chance, a life to rhyme,

By Dan Higgins 2024

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Five Haiku Poems About Time


Soft light breaks the dark,

Rays of sun mark the new day,

Time marches along.


Winter snow, then bloom,

Summer heat gives way to fall,

Nature’s clock ticks on.


Wind carries whispers,

Stories woven through the years,

Time’s voice in the breeze.


Silent peace surrounds,

Time stands still in stillness found,

Eternity’s touch.


Future yet unknown,

Moments pass, destiny grows,

Time awaits us all.

Five Rhyming Poems About Time

1. The Clock’s Lullaby

Tick-tock, tick-tock, goes the constant clock, In every moment, in every block. Time, a river, forever in motion, An eternal, relentless ocean.

It heals all wounds, it brings new light, Yet steals our days, into the night. A dance of shadows, a silent song, In time’s embrace, we all belong.

By Dan Higgins 2024

2. Sands of Time

The hourglass turns, the sands do fall, Time, the master, governs all. Each grain, a moment, lost or found, In the echoing silence, the only sound.

Golden sands of memories past, In the realm of time, nothing can last. Yet, each moment, a treasure to hold, In the heart of time, stories are told.

By Dan Higgins 2024

3. Time’s Carousel

Round and round, on Time’s carousel, In its rhythm, we dwell. Days to months, years to age, Life’s story, written on every page.

A journey through laughter, tears, and strife, In the ticking hands, lies the essence of life. Chasing moments, lost in the spin, In the dance of time, who shall win?

By Dan Higgins 2024

4. The Echoes of Yesterday

Yesterday’s echoes, tomorrow’s dreams, Time is more complex than it seems. Rivers of moments, flowing free, In the vast expanse of eternity.

The past is a ghost, the future, a mystery, Present, the canvas of our history. In the hallways of time, echoes resound, In its silent whispers, truths are found.

By Dan Higgins 2024

5. The Symphony of Seconds

Seconds to minutes, hours to days, In time’s symphony, the music plays. Each note, a heartbeat, each rest, a breath, In the orchestra of time, we dance with death.

A melody of moments, a harmony of years, Time composes life with joy and tears. In this grand symphony, we all partake, For time is the music, that our lives make.

By Dan Higgins 2024

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About April here.


Five Limerick Poems About Time

“Late again”

There once was a man named Jim,

Who was always late, just ask him.

He looked at the time,

Said he’d be there by nine,

But arrived closer to ten, such a sin!

“Time Flies”

Time flies, so they often say,

It picks you up and carries you away.

You think it’s not that late,

But then you realize it’s past eight,

And you’ve missed your meeting, oh nay!

“The Clock Ticks On”

The clock ticks on, second by second,

Each moment precious, each moment beckon.

The time keeps ticking fast,

And even when you pause to take a breath, it doesn’t last,

So seize the day, and don’t be reckoned.

“Lost Time”

There once was a man with no time,

Who juggled his workload, like a mime.

He blinked and it was late,

Blinking again, fate,

Determined his time was up, not prime.

“Forever Young”

There’s always time to be young,

To live, love and have all the fun.

The clock ticks day and night,

But it doesn’t steal our might,

For we’ll always have memories to be stung.

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About Mondays here.


Five Tanka Poems About Time

“Day’s End”

Sun sets behind hills

Golden sky fades into night

Another day gone

Time moves fast and fades away

Moments cherished, time to rest

“Eternal Love”

In Eternity,

Love forever makes us whole,

Time will not prevail

We’ll cherish each passing day,

Till love’s flame burns bright in heaven

“Moments of Joy”

Time moves with swift feet

Memories of joy remain

Hope for new moments

Love, laughter, heartfelt pleasures

Carry us through darkest times

“Old Wounds”

Darkness lingers on,

Time does not heal all wounds well,

Yet in the stillness

Comes hope, peace and inner strength,

Acceptance and self-love’s wealth

“Nature’s Way”

Autumn leaves fall down

One chapter ends, one begins

Life cycles, endless

Wise nature’s gentle reminder

All things end, only Time wins

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About Tuesdays here.


Five Sonnet Poems About Time

“The Passing of Time”

The ticking of the clock forever goes,

Each tick and tock, another moment lost.

And as the sun sets, so the darkness grows,

Leaving us to ponder at the cost.

The seconds, minutes, hours all fade away,

As youth gives way to age, and life to death.

But in this fleeting time, we find our way,

And with each breath, we savor ev’ry breath.

So let us cherish time for what it’s worth,

Embrace each moment, hold on tight and fast.

For time flies by, as if a flick’ring hearth,

And leaves us longing for what we’ve now passed.

Let’s not regret the moments left behind,

With hope and faith, we’ll cherish what we find.

“A Moment in Time”

A moment, so it seems, in time bequeathed,

And yet a lifetime filled with gratitude.

The seconds tick with each heartbeat, relieved,

As life moves on in one grand amplitude.

But in this fleeting moment, we find gold,

The beauty of life’s journey thus revealed.

With each passing breath, our story is told,

And in our hearts, true wisdom is concealed.

So let us grasp each moment with great care,

Embrace the light and darkness, all in one.

For in this moment, finds our grand affair,

Where time and life are evermore undone.

And in each moment we find our grand source,

A glimpse of heaven’s love, an endless force.

“Time’s Cycle”

The clock ticks on, its rhythm ever grand,

Marking the cycle of each passing day.

And as the seasons change, so time’s demand,

Reminding us that life will soon decay.

The spring brings new life, and time renewed,

As nature blooms in grandeur and delight.

And summer’s warmth our senses doth imbue,

With life and love, and all things pure and bright.

But as the leaves fall and winter comes near,

Life slows down, as if a whispered lullaby.

For in this quiet time, we find our peers,

And contemplate on why, oh why we die.

But time moves on, its cycle without end,

Reminding us that life will soon transcend.

“The Beauty in Time”

If time could speak, what stories would it tell,

Of love and loss, of hope and serenity.

For time, a masterful yarn, weaves so well,

The beauty of our lives and all eternity.

Each moment passing, never to return,

As life unfolds in grand juxtaposition.

And in this time, we pause, and in it discern,

Our hearts’ desires and all our endless intuition.

But in the passage of time, we find rebirth,

A new beginning in each passing season.

For in each birth, we take our place on earth,

A life fulfilled, our very souls’ reason.

So let us cherish what we’ve come to find,

And love and live, with purpose and our kind.

“This Moment”

This moment, now, forever etched in time,

A brief but vivid transitory state.

A moment worth the wait, a life sublime,

Embracing life, no fear of future fate.

In this one precious moment here and now,

Our lives we live, our fortunes thus revealed.

An essence of life not measured by a vow,

But in a state of grace, forever healed.

So in this moment, let us find a way,

To live our lives with purpose and with grace.

For in this time, we find a hope to stay,

And cherish each new day we meet with pace.

The moment now, forever makes us strong,

In this we find our lives forever long.

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About Wednesdays here.

Villanelle Poem

Five Villanelle Poems About Time

“Tick Tock”

Tick-tock, the clock goes on and on,

Time flashes by, each second gone.

Moments pass, and we move on.

Memories fade, and we can’t hold on,

Life is fleeting, like a sweet, sad song.

Tick-tock, the clock goes on and on.

People come and go, like a mere pawn,

Words are spoken, but soon withdrawn.

Moments pass, and we move on.

The future’s bright, or so we’ve drawn,

But time, alas, can be quite wrong.

Tick-tock, the clock goes on and on.

We must seize the day before it’s gone,

For time, it waits for no one, not one.

Moments pass, and we move on.

Each day is precious, like the dawn,

Embrace the moments, and carry on.

Tick-tock, the clock goes on and on.

Moments pass, and we move on.


Time moves on, like a restless sea,

But memories last for eternity.

We hold onto them, like precious gems.

The past shines bright, if we could see,

The love we’ve shared, endlessly.

Time moves on, like a restless sea.

We cling onto dreams, like they’re meant to be,

And cherish them for all to silently see.

We hold onto them, like precious gems.

Though time can fade and change our destiny,

Our hearts and souls remain free.

Time moves on, like a restless sea.

The memories we have will always be,

The cornerstone of our legacy.

We hold onto them, like precious gems.

Our lives are short, but we can see,

We’ve made a mark on history.

Time moves on, like a restless sea,

We hold onto them, like precious gems.

“Moments of Time”

In moments of time, we find our way,

Memories cherished, like the brightest day.

Our lives unfold, in every new dawn.

Life is short, but oh, how we stray,

Through mountains high, and valleys grey.

In moments of time, we find our way.

We chase our dreams, with hope and sway,

Embracing life, with so much to say.

Our lives unfold, in every new dawn.

We all seek love, in every array,

A heart that beats, with passion’s ray.

In moments of time, we find our way.

The future’s bright, if we could only play,

A game without the price to pay.

Our lives unfold, in every new dawn.

And in the end, we’ll see the hay,

A life fulfilled, in every possible way.

In moments of time, we find our way,

Our lives unfold, in every new dawn.

“Passage of Time”

The passage of time takes us on a quest,

A journey that we never would have guessed.

We travel through life with no end in sight,

Memories cherished, like a great conquest,

A life fulfilled, that we always digest.

The passage of time takes us on a quest.

We see the world, at its very best,

A playground that we come to invest.

We travel through life with no end in sight,

Our hopes and fears like a mighty protest,

Through love and loss, we try to adjust.

The passage of time takes us on a quest.

But in the end, we see what’s best,

We take our time, and leave the rest.

We travel through life with no end in sight,

And as we reach the end, it’s a test,

Of what we’ve learned, and what’s left to invest.

The passage of time takes us on a quest,

We travel through life with no end in sight.

“The Hourglass”

The sand falls fast, in the hourglass of life,

We count the seconds, and feel the strife.

The journey is long, and time is so brief.

We hold onto love, through joy and strife,

Cherishing moments, that create our life.

The sand falls fast, in the hourglass of life.

The future unknown, but we try to devise,

The path we’ll take, with hope in our eyes.

The journey is long, and time is so brief.

We follow our hearts, with each sunrise,

Embracing love, in every disguise.

The sand falls fast, in the hourglass of life.

Our legacy is built, in every compromise,

Our legacy lives on, after we die.

The journey is long, and time is so brief.

The sand keeps falling, with each new sunrise,

A reminder that life, it never dies.

The sand falls fast, in the hourglass of life,

The journey is long, and time is so brief.

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About Thursdays here.


Five Ode Poems About Time

1. Ode to the Passing Sands

Oh, how swift you are, relentless time,
Unseen, unheard, yet felt in every chime.
Like the ceaseless waves that kiss the shore,
You march on, now and forevermore.

In your grasp, we find our humble birth,
And in your hands, we return to earth.
Every moment, a priceless gift,
In your river, we ceaselessly drift.

By Dan Higgins 2024

2. Ode to the Eternal Now

In your realm, oh time, there is no past,
No future, just the present vast.
In the blink of an eye, moments are born,
Only to die, like dew in the morn.

Yet in this fleeting instant lies,
The key to life’s sweetest prize.
For within the now, eternity hides,
Where the spirit truly resides.

By Dan Higgins 2024

3. Ode to the Seasons of Life

Time, you are the artist supreme,
Painting life with a dreamer’s dream.
Spring’s verdant youth, summer’s fiery blaze,
Autumn’s golden twilight, winter’s white haze.

In your canvas, stories unfold,
Of love and courage, of the young and old.
Your brush strokes, subtle and profound,
In every heart, they are found.

By Dan Higgins 2024

4. Ode to the Hourglass

In your grains, oh time, we see our fate,
Each one falling, early or late.
A dance of destiny, a cosmic ballet,
In your sand, our lives gently sway.

From the apex to the base so wide,
In your flow, we all must ride.
Yet, each grain, a tale does tell,
Of moments lived, and farewells fell.

By Dan Higgins 2024

5. Ode to the Cosmic Clock

Time, you are the universe’s pulse,
In your rhythm, galaxies convulse.
Stars are born, and stars do die,
In your cosmic symphony, they comply.

Yet, in this vast celestial dance,
In mortal hearts, you plant a chance.
A chance to love, to dream, to soar,
In your cosmic clock, forevermore.

By Dan Higgins 2024

What is an elegy

Five Elegys About Time

1. Elegy to the Dying Seconds

Under the shadow of the ticking clock,
The seconds, like fireflies, flicker and drop.
Each one a whisper of what could be,
Now silenced in the abyss of eternity.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

2. An Ode to the Vanishing Hour

Oh, fleeting hour, you dance away,
As starlight fades into the day.
Your promise, sweet but never true,
In your wake, we continue to pursue.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

3. Elegy of the Forgotten Moment

A moment, a breath, a fleeting glance,
In the grand ballet, it had no chance.
It whispered a tale, it sang a song,
But in the river of time, it didn’t belong.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

4. A Praise to the Waning Day

With a sigh, the day takes its leave,
In the canvas of twilight, stories it weaves.
A day gone by, a chapter closed,
In the book of time, another prose.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

5. Elegy for the Passing Year

A year, a cycle, an earthly spin,
An echo of laughter, a veil of chagrin.
As the old year folds into the night,
A new dawn awaits, bathed in soft light.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

Ten Poetic Reflections On Time

1. The Unseen Clock

Tick-tock, goes the unseen clock,

Beneath our feet, above our heads.

Invisible hands that never stop,

While we dream in our beds.

Seconds turn to minutes, hours into days,

In the ceaseless dance of the cosmic ballet.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

2. The River of Moments

Time is a river, flowing fast,

Carrying moments from future to past.

We try to hold on, but they slip away,

Lost in the current of another day.

Yet each fleeting moment, each memory dear,

Is a precious jewel in time’s chandelier.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

3. The Sandglass of Eternity

Each grain of sand, a moment spent,

In the hourglass of our discontent.

Yet each one precious, each unique,

In time’s eternal, silent speak.

A sandcastle built, then washed away,

In the ebb and flow of time’s relentless bay.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

4. The Tapestry of Age

Woven into the fabric of age,

Are threads of time, both harsh and sage.

Each one a story, a memory made,

In the tapestry of life’s grand parade.

A mosaic of moments, a quilt of years,

In the tapestry of time, joy and tears.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

5. The Dance of Seasons

Time dances on, with rhythmic grace,

In the changing seasons we embrace.

Spring to summer, fall to winter’s chill,

In the dance of time, we find our thrill.

A waltz with the wind, a tango with the tide,

In the dance of time, we glide and slide.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

6. The Echoes of Yesterday

Echoes of yesterday linger in the air,

Faint whispers of time, memories we share.

Yet in each echo, a lesson learned,

In the book of time, forever turned.

A chorus of voices, a symphony of sound,

In the echoes of time, we are found.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

7. The Wheel of Destiny

Time turns the wheel of destiny,

Setting the course for what will be.

Bound by its motion, yet free to choose,

In the game of time, we win or lose.

A roulette of moments, a spin of fate,

In the wheel of time, we participate.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

8. The Loom of Dawn

The loom of dawn weaves a new day,

In the fabric of time, in a subtle way.

Each sunrise a promise, each sunset a sigh,

In the loom of time, moments fly.

A tapestry of light, a canvas of hue,

In the loom of time, each day is new.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

9. The Symphony of Stars

Time plays a symphony in the stars,

A cosmic melody that spans afar.

Each note a moment, each chord a year,

In the music of time, eternity is near.

A harmony of galaxies, a song of space,

In the symphony of time, we find our place.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

10. The Sculptor of Dreams

Time, the sculptor of dreams and fate,

Carves our lives with a chisel of date.

Each stroke a memory, each cut a choice,

In the sculpture of time, we find our voice.

A statue of seconds, a monument of years,

In the sculptor of time, joy and fears.

By Dan Higgins, 2024

Poetry writing is a valuable tool that can be used to foster creativity, imagination, and literacy skills in students.

Poets have long used the theme of time to explore complex emotions and ideas, making it a valuable topic for students to study in their writing.

The selection of poems here showcases different poetic styles, from free verse to sonnets, and shows how each type can communicate an other facet of the concept of time.

By using these poems as inspiration, teachers can help their students develop their poetry writing and critical thinking and communication skills while promoting a greater appreciation for the beauty of life and the fleeting nature of time.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.






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