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Something to Tell Time

Robin Founder & CEO Sonny Thadani welcomed Robin Coach Marshall Davis Jones to our July 13th IG Live to perform on of his favorite poems, Something to Tell Time. A celebrated spoken word artist and Founder of MindBodySpeak, Marshall inspires us to remember to cherish each moment, each new memory.


there are no time machines

 

there is no way

to grab a clock by the hand

 

and walk backward

 

it all happens once

this happens once

we happen once

now happens once

but if I could

 

if I could convince time

to retrace its steps

tell it it forgot something back there

and it believe me

 

tell it that there was this girl

I should’ve treated better

 

that love is a better word

in my mouth these days

 

that there is a letter I wrote

and I hid it on a shelf between my pride

and lack of self confidence

 

I think I can find it and send it

if you let me

 

if could tell time

that there is a teacher I loved

and never said thank you

 

and a teacher I hated

and never said thank you

or I’m sorry

 

if I could tell time

that I’ve learned how to shadowbox

and that I got a few words for my fear

in the school yard

 

if I could trick time

into peeking over its shoulder

to see what a waste it was

to want everyone to like me

 

when all we ever have is a fistful of friends

like fingers to count on

after ten years pass

 

if I could tell time

that there was a class I cut

that I want to sew back together

 

that I want to bring a band aid

rubbing alcohol and my brain back to

 

that I could tape

superglue

something

I’d be there I’d show up

I could put it back together

 

I know I could put it back together

 

homework is a small price to pay

to make the grade

 

to make a home work

 

if I could tell time

I would make the grade

just come back with me

 

if I could tell time

about the audition I missed

because it was more important

to kick it with kids that didn’t have

the same ambition to live

as I did

 

if I could tell time

that there was a bully to stand up to

that there was a friend to stand up for

that there was a reason to stand tall

and I know my legs were strong enough

that I didn’t have to sit

 

if I could tell time

that I would raise my hand

not being afraid that everyone

would think I am smart

 

that I would raise my hand

not being afraid that everyone

would think I am dumb

 

if I could tell time

that there are broken pieces

i need to pick up

 

you know some shattered glass

and dropped promises

things that crack

when we don’t hold them tight enough

 

if I could tell time

how I don’t understand why it’s hands

don’t hold things tight enough

 

if I could tell time

if I could tell time

if I could tell time

 

but I can’t tell time

I can’t tell time anything

 

i can only look at the clock

read it’s face

to see what time has to tell me

 

so when I glance at my watch

I realize that this will only happen once

 

the we will only happen once

that now will only happen once

 

and for once I do my best to live full

because this may be the last chance

that I have

About the Coach

Marshall Davis Jones.

Marshall is a celebrated spoken word artist and the Founder of MindBodySpeak. His unique gift runs deep into the human experience, exploring universal themes from identity and culture to connection and technology. At Robin, Marshall works with young people to harness the power of their voice, their words and their movement to say what they mean and mean what they say.

Meet Marshall