There’s No Time Like the Present

I love spring…. when the first crocuses show themselves in the still brown lawn. These little beauties inspired me to write this poem to remind myself to seize the day.

This day… today. 

Not tomorrow…

or next week…

or next month…

or next year.

But today. 

This very day, and each and every day that follows.

One glorious day at a time.


There’s No Time Like the Present

The dawn begins your story
as the morning sun arrives
It’s time to greet the daylight.
Time to dream with open eyes.
Your wake up call of songbirds
has no need of bell or chime.
Each day’s a new beginning, 
and today’s your day to shine.
There’s no time like the present
to be present in your time.

The morning smells of joy and
tastes like hope and faith combined.
The sunlight feels like everything
is happiness entwined.
A feast for all your senses.
Please be grateful while you dine.
Embrace this life you’re living
with your heart, your soul, and mind.
There’s no time like the present
to be present in your time.
The day unfolds before you
with a grace that you define.
Each day on earth is precious
so leave all regrets behind.
Be careful what you search for.
What you seek is what you’ll find.
Sweet love and trust will guide you
to the promise land divine.
There’s no time like the present
to be present in your time.
The evening fades in softly.
To the day you say goodbye.
Night hangs its lovely canvas
as its brushes stroke the sky.
The sunset plays a melody
of colors so sublime.
The moon recites in poetry,
and the stars ignite in rhyme.
There’s no time like the present
to be present in your time.
There’s no time like the present
to be present in your time.

by T. M. Lehtinen (that’s me)


Thanks so much for reading!

Carpe Diem! Seize the day!
Every. Single. Day.
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  1. Thank you so much Tuula for sharing your heart through your poetry. I always get excited when I see that you have shared another one of your beautiful poems. This one is just as lovely as the others. You have a talent. Such a beautiful reminder to enjoy each of life's little moments to the fullest and to embrace each and every day for we don't know how many we will be blessed with. I'm going to print this one and hang it up somewhere. Have a blessed and beautiful "vacation" from blogging. See you in May!

    Hugs, Vicky

  2. Beautiful and lovely poem.
    Everyone deserves time off so Enjoy your time away from blog land for awhile and will see ya when we see ya.

  3. This was beautiful….and so true. I think I mentioned before….you should publish!!! Dona

  4. What a lovely blog you have!
    Have a great weekend, take care…

  5. You're absolutely right, Tuula, there's no time like the present! Love reading your poem, as always! What a gift! Enjoy your time off – we'll be here waiting for you!

  6. Tuula, you have such a wonderful gift with words – love the imagery in the poem. Enjoy your break, but please come back – you will be missed.

  7. Lovely Tuula. Your poetry is truly a gift. Enjoy catching up with life while you take a little blogging break. We all need that sometime. 🙂

  8. Such a lovely poem my friend! Enjoy your you time and enjoy the arrival of spring. See you soon!

  9. Oh Tuula, I absolutely LOVED your poem. May I write it down? The words greatly touched my heart sweet friend. You are indeed an inspiration. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  10. Hi Tuula, you write such lovely poems and I loved this. I do hope you enjoy your break! Take care.
    Julie xo

  11. Tuula, you write such amazing poems! Hope you are enjoying your break. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  12. Yet another beautiful poem, Tuula. Enjoy your time off. Looking forward to what you've got coming up soon!

  13. Beautiful poem and words to live by! Thank you for sharing your heart!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much for reading my poem AnnMarie! I love writing poems and every once in a while I feel the need to share them in the hopes that they just might inspire someone. 🙂

  14. Laura Crumm says:

    I really love your poem! I love reading poetry and I wrote for a several years. Then one day after a tragedy in our family I couldn’t write anymore. Before that I wrote when I was both happy, sad or stressed. For some reason I have lost the ability to put my feelings into words. I would like to see more of yours.

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks so much Laura! I’m so sorry to hear that you suffered a tragedy in your family, and I really hope that someday you take up writing poetry again. When I’m having difficulty writing I just sit down and randomly write whatever comes to mind. I put it away and look at it a few days or a week later and see if there’s anything there I can expand upon. It doesn’t work all the time, but it does work sometimes. Writing poetry has always been a place where I could go no matter what was going on in my life. It’s a private place where I try to make sense of the world, even when that seems impossible. Every so often I feel brave enough and I put a poem out there. I appreciate the encouragement. I might just share more in the future. 🙂

  15. I love this, Tuula! I had no idea you wrote poetry! You are brave to put your deeper thoughts out into the world. I’m trying to push myself to do this too (not with poetry though) & I keep second guessing myself; guess I’m just scared. Thanks for challenging me now!

    1. Tuula McPhee says:

      Thanks Lora! Poetry is my first creative love and I’ve basically been writing since I was able to put pencil to paper. Every once in a while I feel brave and share one of my poems, but I don’t put myself out there as much as I’d like. I’m going to try to share more this year. I think we just have to go for it and not overthink it. 🙂