I wrote this poem and I think it goes well with the December 2013 Focus of the Month, Time Management. I have recorded a spoken word version that you can download as an mp3.

They were walking down by all those trees
That used to grow there along there along time ago
But neither one of them remembered the trees
That had grown there along there along time ago
Someone had told them one time, before they left the house
Someone had called out to them
“Remember those trees that used to grow there along time ago”
One of them didn’t hear the one calling out to them
Telling them something about trees
Down there were they were going to be walking
But neither one of them knew why they had been called
To remember about the trees
And it takes so much time
And there’s so much time that it takes
And it takes so much time
That time always takes
But no one ever blames time for the taking
You always think that it is someone else that took
And not time that took
But then you always say
It takes so much time
So that would mean that someone else
Took and not time that took
You always say it takes so much time
So that would mean that someone
Took the time away
But where is this time to be taken?
And where does it go
And where would it be placed?
I never did see where the time was hiding
Is it hiding or is it just imprisoned somewhere
And if we knew the right pattern we could find it
And if we knew the right formula
We could make our own
We could make our own time!
I mean its this thing about time
I mean take it take it like it was a thing
Its this thing about time you know
Take it take like it was a thing
Like it was a thing you could take it
I keep coming back to this
Its about time
You can take it like it was a thing
And I have a lot of time
I have a whole lot of time
As far as I can see
Everyone else has the same amount as I do
So everyone has a lot of time
We all have a lot, a lot of it
A lot, like a sectioned off area---a place
That time was a space
That would mean that time was an area
A place that time was a space
So time is space!
So we all have a lot of time and we all have a lot of space
We have a lot of space and we have a lot of time
Now I want to keep coming back to this thing—space
I mean I keep coming to time, time is crucial
I mean I keep coming back to it
But this thing about space
I don’t have to keep coming back to it
I am is always in the space.

Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyam das, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's book Yoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.

Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including Sharanam, which is her 2010 solo album, produced by Frenz Kallos. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & SoulThe Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga Assists. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal, Mantra, and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month.