The hourglass of life filled with granular moments

The good indiscernible from the bad

Each moment drips by followed by the unknown next

The only certainty is all will pass in their time

Each can be an opportunity

Each can be a danger

Every grain will fall through the now

Shaped by our own perspective

Molded by our actions

Glinting in the light of self

Till they pile onto the heap of the past

The glass is clear where we catch and count the moments gone by

But above this moment there is the dark of not knowing

And the number of grains remain uncounted

We cannot see the sands of the future

Nor dwell in the dunes of the past

We have but the one grain of the present


22 Responses to “Hourglass”
  1. And yet, most of us are busy dwelling in the past and/or worrying about the future. What an artistic way to remind us all that we need to “live in the moment”.

  2. beth says:

    wonderful imagery, the moment is all we really have

  3. Jim Borden says:

    what a clever analogy to use an hourglass to describe the moments of our life. hopefully no one ever taps on it to speed things up…

  4. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Very well written and very true my friend, each moment can be an entire lifetime…all the best to you,

  5. Marlapaige says:

    This is beautiful in its pure truth. I also love what you did with the lines and how you shaped them as said hourglass with the anxious ones on top, the current ones in the middle and the what has happened in the bottom. This is quite amazing.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    What a beautiful reminder to make the best of the life we’re given and to be in the present moment! ❤

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Man! You nailed this one, Brad! One of my retired friends and I have used the hourglass analogy to discuss our lives. Now that the hourglass has turned, we can’t be screwing around wasting time wondering whether to go for it or not.

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