REH Word of the Week: time


1. The indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.

[origin: ca. 12th century; Middle English, from Old English tīma; akin to Old Norse tīmi time, Old English tīd]


Behind the Veil, what gulfs of Time and Space?
What blinking, moving things to blast the sight?
I shrink before a vague, colossal Face
Born in the mad immensities of Night.
* * * * *
Drowsy and dull with age the houses blink,
On aimless streets that youthfulness forget —
But what time-grisly figures glide and slink
Down the old alleys when the moon has set?

They say foul things of Old Times still lurk
In Dark forgotten corners of the world,
And gates still gape to loose, on certain nights,
Shapes pent in hell . . .

[from the “The House in the Oaks”; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 236