Colon (ko’-lon): Roughly equivalent to “clause” in English, except that the emphasis is on seeing this part of a sentence as needing completion, either with a second colon (or membrum) or with two others (forming a tricolon). When cola (or membra) are of equal length, they form isocolon.

Time populates the future with expectations (including dread).

Time pictures the past with memories (including failures).

Time frames the present with surprise (including accidents).

Only nothing is timeless. Everything else is temporal.

We hope. We fear. We wait.

We remember. We forget. We regret.

From time to time, we are bearers of adjectives and attributions that we can’t leave behind, that carry us into the future and, in the end, are written into our epitaphs for better and for worse.

Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (

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