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Signs and Times

You say: Wrong place—wrong time,
Maybe: Wrong place—not right time,
Not right place—but wrong time?
I say: This's right place—right time, 
In times and places,
What is the time?
Where is the place
For right not wrong?
Is this like signs
Tearing up the scenery;
What about my mind?
Don't what? I can read the sign!
Oh—Signs of the time?
What’s wrong is not right,
Lord, I will sing this song!
Fight for what’s right 
Correct what's wrong!
In all times and places
Oh, salvation!
Please, be alright,
And make it—
On time!


© Joseph, October 11, 2008
© All Rights Reserved


Joseph S. Spence, Sr., is the author of "The Awakened One Poetics" (2009), which is 
published in seven different languages. He invented the Epulaeryu poetry form, which 
focuses on succulent cuisines and drinks. He is published in various forums, including the 
World Haiku Association; Poetinis Druskininku, Milwaukee Area College, Phoenix Magazine; 
Möbius Poetry, and Taj Mahal Review to name a few. Joseph is a Goodwill Ambassador for 
the state of Arkansas, USA, a college faculty, and a military veteran.


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  1. Date: 5/29/2010 7:50:00 AM
    Very thoughtful! Filled with lots of brain food.

  1. Date: 12/30/2008 12:51:00 AM
    This is an amazing poem- extremely interesting

  1. Date: 11/8/2008 6:53:00 PM
    loved this one joseph!! Great write! Wood

  1. Date: 10/23/2008 8:39:00 AM
    i tried writing free verse, it never worked out. you did it very well :P

  1. Date: 10/23/2008 5:50:00 AM
    This is really well written, it really gives you something to think about, and its also very true, sometimes it feels like there isn't enough time to accomplish anything yet there is always time.

  1. Date: 10/20/2008 9:57:00 AM
    You really have the reader's head spinning with this one! Wow! I need to catch my breath! Very well done! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 10/18/2008 7:55:00 AM
    Wow, you had my head spinning. Awesome poem, so much to ponder on. Very wise and very well written. Good job. Love Heidie

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 6:01:00 AM
    wow this is so good, salvation will make it on time, In Gods time he will make all things beautiful. thanks for all you feed back it meant a lot, your words are very encouraging too and this poem is just so nice, God bless you joseph

  1. Date: 10/16/2008 6:01:00 AM
    This poem hit home, wrong place, right time and / or vice versa, now how many times have we all been in a situation like this. Great verse. Thanks for your comment on Colorful Clown. Lena

  1. Date: 10/15/2008 1:45:00 AM
    I think that whatever we do, we need to do it when we feel its the right time!! There is no such thing as the wrong time, puh lease!! Well done on the emotions and this poem takes on a personality of its own!!! Peace fathima

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 1:50:00 AM
    Inspiring and really challenging, I wish you all the best as you desire to fight for whats right at all times and all places as I aspire to do same. Great work!

  1. Date: 10/13/2008 10:46:00 AM
    God know what the right time is and we must have faith on it. Great write Joseph as always, and many thanks for your support and comments. Peace, Jaime

  1. Date: 10/13/2008 10:06:00 AM
    Joseph really enjoyed this one and so true. thank you for reading my poetry and for your kind comments. Your support of my poetry means so much to and I thank you.

  1. Date: 10/13/2008 8:39:00 AM
    Joseph. Firstly may I say thank you for your comment on my poem "All it Takes is Surrender". Most appreciated. Secondly.... I agree with Karen O'Leary, this "is" a thought provoking work, simple and uncluttered, a statement ......... nicely done col13x

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 9:43:00 AM
    I loved this piece. So profound and as if it was conversing with me. Its in my favs:) This piece gave me a very light time. Ah my food for the day:). Love, Chitra

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 9:36:00 AM
    This one really made me think. Very well delivered message. Good one. Love, B.

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 9:33:00 AM
    its the sign of the times, loved it. Thank you for your kind words and welcoming here. Lena

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 5:26:00 AM
    "Is this like signs tearing up the scenery?" A great double image. Thanks for reading my Halloween thing. Inspiration, of course, was "Night Before Christmas" Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 5:03:00 AM
    Another wonderful use of talent in His grace! Glorious write Joseph! Brgds. George

  1. Date: 10/12/2008 4:56:00 AM
    There is no right time, wrong time, right place wrong place wrong time, just all IS as it is, and that is, all that it is! Loved this, love Kristin