keeping time

I put time away.

I locked it in a cabinet. An old cabinet, painted to look older than it is, with a lock and a key. I put the key on a chain around my neck.

The cabinet has a glass door so I can see inside to check that time is still there.

I want to be sure it doesn’t get away from me again.

I put time away so it would stop.

So everything will remain just as it is.

As it was.

So you can stay.


About flax-golden tales. Photo by Carey Farrell. Text by Erin Morgenstern.

Categories: flax-golden


Cynthia · June 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

I think this definitely is one of my favorites

brianne · June 1, 2012 at 11:52 am

This made me cry and I’m not sure I can explain that. “As it was”.
My favorite one now, too. Thank you. Happy Friday, Erin.

Mary · June 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm

flax golden tales is one of my favorite friday treats (even if I don’t read it til saturday).

Dear erin · June 4, 2012 at 8:42 am

I’am reading your book….very different story in anothers…but I dont understand story about man with grey clothe…(smile)….who is?….so….Do you like antique way?…..old clocks….very old stuffss…cuz I know one so great and fantastic online shop…..
Warm regards…..

Jeanette · June 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

Ah, how I wish everything could remain.

    Rick · June 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Don’t we all?

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