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.

52 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

  7. Wow this poem inspires me to achieve great things. I am not quite sure but in the middle of that a shiver ran down my spine. Keep calm and keep wrighting

    • Thank you so much for your comments Riley I will definitely keep writing, although I can’t promise I’ll always keep calm :). PS: I am sure you will achieve great things! Bye, Alys

    • Hi Emma, isn’t it incredible what happens in 60 seconds?! I love learning about these things. I’m glad you do, too. Alys πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Alys Jackson I really liked your poem about 60 seconds your amazing from Tameka HowardπŸ˜πŸ˜‡β­οΈπŸΆπŸΌπŸ˜„

    • Hi Tameka, thank you so much for your comments and I love the emojis!!!! Especially the panda πŸ™‚ Bye, Alys

  9. This poem made me think how much things can change in a short amount of time and how many things can happen.

    • Hi Hannah, I’m glad that the poem got you thinking. I wonder how many more amazing things happen every 60 seconds? Bye, Alys

    • Hi Zoe, I’m glad you liked the poem and I love the fact that you wrote your comment in 60 seconds πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  10. Hi Alys, I loved your ’60 seconds’. I thought it was really good. I liked how you added so many things people can do in just ’60 seconds.’ I might think about being a writer when I am older. It also made me think about what and how so many people can do in so little time. I wonder what the people on the other side of the world are doing right now. Eating lunch? Watching TV? waking up? In 60 seconds I bet that I could put on my pyjamas, put on my new comfy slippers and also put my sneakers away in my draw with maybe time to spear. Love always Lexi

    • Wow Lexi, you have so many wonderful and clever thoughts! Just thinking about what other people might be doing on the other side of the world is making my head spin. And I think you would be a very good writer. πŸ™‚ Bye, Alys

  11. Hi Alys I really loved your poetry it was really interesting and in your list of things I do like half these things LOL but since you have inspired me I might think of becoming a writer from Natalee β€πŸ€˜πŸ‘

    • Hi Natalee, it’s lovely to know you liked my poetry and I hope that one day you try writing too. Bye Alys πŸ™‚

  12. It makes me feel weird
    I like it because there is a lot of it.
    You can change the setting to make it look gorgeous.

  13. Hi Alys, I loved the poem and it certainly inspired me to think of lots of wonderful and mysterious things happening around us!! Thanks for sharing this poem!!! LOL Thisali

    • Hi Thisali, love your comments! Yes, there are a lot of mysterious things happening. And isn’t the world wonderful? πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  14. I really enjoyed reading this poem, i’ve always loved space and the universe. The way you compared 60 seconds on Earth and space really gave me something to think about

    • I love space and the universe, too, Thenumi. I think that science gives us amazing things to think about, don’t you? Bye Alys

  15. Hi Alys Jackson
    I could drink a glass of milk πŸ₯› in 60seconds
    and I’m really wondering i

    • Hi Methuli. There are sooo many things we can do in 60 seconds. I hadn’t thought about drinking milk. Good idea πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

  16. Thank you so much for sharing 60 seconds with us. I love the rhythm, words , thoughts and in summary everything. I couldn’t believe that so much things happening in 60 seconds around the world. Its inspired for me to search and find more things happening in the world in 60 seconds. It tough me every second is important in my life. Time is the most valuable thing I will not be able to get back.

    • H Dinethri. What lovely comments, and I agree with everything you said – time is so very precious and it is important to enjoy every 60 seconds πŸ™‚ Bye Alys

    • Hi Methuli, I’m sure you could drink milk in 60 seconds but please be careful not to drink too fast! πŸ™‚ You might get stomach ache. Bye Alys

  17. Hi Alys Jackson I loved your poem about what you can do in a minute. Another thing can do in a minute is brush your teeth.another ending could be it makes me want to know what happens every second.

    • Great idea Nuwin! Did you know that Americans eat 350 pizzas every second?!! And a bee flaps its wing 250 times πŸ™‚ Isn’t life amazing! Bye Alys

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