Just a Matter of Time

Just a Matter of Time

It was sorcerous how she got there
Touching the stone thinking of a forebear
She was sent way back in time
To a place long before
Finding a love she wished for
Feeling like it was a crime

Living a life two centuries in yesteryear
Forgetting a husband once so dear
A fabulist weaving stories in her head
In the two lives she had dwelt
Once with a Briton and once with a Celt
Would either one believe a shred

Life full of magical fantasy
So far from her reality
A handsome warrior and protector
He had stolen her heart
How could they now ever part
For she had drunk his nectar

Reluctantly one day she returned
But the love she left there was spurned
The present was lost to her forever
The past called her to regress
To the highlands of tartan dress
She vowed to get there whenever

Lifting the hem of her frock
She scrambles up the rock
Stopping at the circle of stones
As she touches the granite
She begins to understand it
Feeling a shiver in her bones

She passes through time
Falling and tumbling in rhyme
Looking for the same track
To that time of long ago
Where she had dared to go
Now wishing to go back

Would he still be waiting there
Or would he forswear
Rejecting her devotion
Could he believe her story
Or see it as an allegory
or some foolish notion

Time really did stand still
She thought falling down the hill
It just won’t wait for any man
She felt fierce in commitment
Not fearing embarrassment
Vowing only that she can


Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

Inspired by the novel Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Word Prompts:




OctPoWriMo – Poem a Day #20 – Time Stands Still

Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Can

Photo:  Craigh na Dun, near Inverness Scotland

Follow Poetry For Healing on WordPress.com

  16 comments for “Just a Matter of Time

  1. October 21, 2018 at 6:44 am

    How beautifully you have encapsulated that story in your words and made the time stand still! Magical Christine! 💖

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Thank you sweet friend 🙂💕. I think Outlander the series is a beautiful story of history, adventure, passion, love and loss.

      • October 21, 2018 at 9:03 am

        You are so welcome Christine.❤️ Couldn’t agree more about the series. 🙂

  2. October 21, 2018 at 5:01 am

    I really enjoyed the ‘It was so sorcerous how she got there’ line. Thanks for sharing!

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thanks Sam! 🙂

  3. October 21, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Your poem depicted the story eloquently.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 21, 2018 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Ivor. Love the show, do you? Hope you are well 🙂

  4. October 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Exquisite story Christine. 🙂❤

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      Thank you Helen. The poem is mine, but the story is someone else’s and it inspired me 🙂💕

  5. October 20, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    my favourite story and series! i am waiting for next season and have all her books. i have read outlander so many times over and still think it is one of the best love stories ever written – your poem is like a prologue to her story – love it so much Christine – you show her heart split in two – i wonder if it is possible to love two men so deeply yet so differently?

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2018 at 8:59 pm

      Gina, it is my favorite too! I am also waiting for the next series. I think it starts here in November. I’m reading the fourth book right now. Its so wonderful, isn’t it?

      • October 20, 2018 at 9:13 pm

        yes nov 5th here!!can’t wait! i also have her book of short tales, 4 highlander tales, “a trail of fire” haven’s read it yet but it has Roger, Lord Grey and a few other characters in it. you must tell me which is your fave character and part, i loved dragonfly in amber so much. that part of the series was the best for me and interestingly i felt such a connection with Murtagh!! LOL!!

      • Christine Bolton
        October 20, 2018 at 11:38 pm

        Season one was my absolute favorite. I liked Amber although some of the French scenes were not as much fun as the Scottish ones . Yes it starts Nov 4th approx. here. Cant wait LOL! 🙂

      • October 21, 2018 at 7:31 am

        i love the scottish accent , i have a friend at book club with the same sexy voice as Jamie! yes cant wait

  6. October 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    What a lovely magical poem! Two centuries in yesteryear – time has a funny way of not being entirely logical or linear, doesn’t it? A boring event feels like it lasts a century, and something magical a second…

    • Christine Bolton
      October 20, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Oh thank you for reading it! How true is your remark. We are either growing old waiting for something to end or it’s gone in a heartbeat.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: