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I have only just a minute

on July 13, 2014

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I have only just a minute,

Only sixty seconds in it.

Forced upon me, can't refuse it.

Didn't seek it, didn't choose it.

But it's up to me

to use it.

I must suffer if I lose it.

Give account if I abuse it.

Just a tiny little minute,

but eternity is in it.

By Dr. Benjamin E. Mays

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6 Responses to “I have only just a minute”

  1. marc says:

    "I have only just a minute," was written by an English teacher named Welcome McCullough at Saugus High School, in MA. in the 40′s.

    • PoetryGrrrl says:

      Thank you for that information!! So often I find poems online that just say "anonymous" and when I search, I can't find an author. I really appreciate it when people like yourself can fill in the blanks for me. :)

  2. Lovely says:

    This poem was written by Benjamin E. Mays

  3. sarah says:

    this poem was plagiarized by many it seems - it also appears in a high school creative writing publication near Houston in the mid 80's... Not sure what compels a person to do this when there is no shame in passing on words like this with proper credit where it is due... As Margaret Atwood says "there is no sense in this - just a starved dog's logic about bones"...

    great site, poetry (urs) - keep writing!


    • PoetryGrrrl says:

      Sometimes, it's so difficult to figure out who the original author of a poem is because there are *so* many attributions out there with different names, that I end up changing the "author" listed on the site several times before I get it right! I don't understand it either. I love to get updates when I have the wrong author listed... but as you can see here, the original author I had was wrong.. then I got two more suggestions... and now I'm just confused.

  4. Sharon says:

    Thanks for this poem. I remember my 8th grade teacher made us memorize it and it comes to mind every time I am stressed about not having enough time.

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