He says that as the seasons change, time passes, and that as time passes, we all age. With age comes the loss of beauty; just as leaves fall and beautiful trees become bare, our hair becomes white and wrinkles form, etc.
The speaker says that the only defense against time is to have children, who will live on and continue your legacy after you’ve passed away.
He compares the passage of minutes to the movement of waves toward the shore.
He says that even though all lives are eventually lost to time, his poem will exist long after his death.
The speaker in the poem is nearing the end of his life.
The speaker advises that the reader takes time to love what they know they may soon lose.
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