Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

60 Seconds

60 seconds

A lot can happen in 60 seconds and even more in a minute.

You can floss your teeth

and tie your shoes

or blink 12 times within it!

A hummingbird flaps 4,000 times,

there are 59 weddings

and 3 parking fines

(in Melbourne).

300 lightning strikes hit Earth.

250 mothers give birth.

5 earthquakes rattle the world someplace,

but have you ever wondered what happens in space?


For every minute of every day

there’s a cosmic supernova display.

Fireworks on the grandest scale,

a blinding, flashing starburst wail,

as 60 stars begin to implode

their cores superheating until they explode.



Who’d have thought there was that much power?

Makes me wonder what happens each hour.

20 thoughts on “60 Seconds

  1. I like this poem… it was fun to read and gave me something to think about. Especially to use my time wisely as a lot can happen and I don’t want to waste even 60 seconds

    • Hi Ella, I’m so glad you enjoyed 60 seconds. Isn’t it amazing how many things happen in just one minute! It makes me tired thinking about it. Bye Alys πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Alys

    Thank you for writing this poem (60 seconds) I loved it so so so so so so so much it was amazing.
    I never thought in 60 seconds so much could happen.

    PS this comment took me 60 seconds to write

    PPS and another 60 for it to be sent


    • Hi again Flynn. I’m quite amazed that you took 60 seconds to write your comment – and to send it :). Isn’t it incredible how much happens in 1 minute?! Bye Alys

  3. In class i’m the most curios person in the class. πŸ™‚

    I loved that poem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    thanks bye

    • Hi Emma, I’m happy you liked the poem. And well done! You have to be curious if you want to learn πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  4. I love all the information on space and I’ve never thought of what could happen within 60 second.
    A lot.

    • Hi again Zachary, thank you for your comments!! Isn’t it amazing how much happens in 60 seconds?! I also love information about space. PS: Did you know that some scientists think that it might rain diamonds on the planet of Uranus?! Wow! Bye Alys

  5. I liked the (60 seconds) poem it was quite fun and interesting reading it.
    The (60 seconds) poem was amazing because it made me think about how many things happen and you can do in 60 seconds. Bye.

    • Hi Tawsida, thank you for saying that the poem was fun. Isn’t it amazing how much happens in a single minute?! Bye, Alys

    • Hi Camila, thank you very much πŸ™‚ I wonder how many things you can do in 60 seconds? Bye Alys

  6. This made me wonder how many people live in the world and how much you can do in a minute? you could have said “pat a dog,eat a snack and jump in a circle.

    • Hi Claire, thank you for your comments! I especially like your thought that I could add, ‘eat a snack.’PS: Did you know that there are now more than 7 billion people living in the world?! Wow! Bye Alys

    • Hi Grace, thank you for your comment. I’m glad it got you thinking about everything you can do in 60 seconds πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

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