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Hour Glass

Updated on July 7, 2011
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I fuss and fret over budgets

How many coins to whom

I groan to hold a friend's hand

And this disobedient tongue

Finding my smile in the bottom

Of a wine goblet

And comfort in the camaraderie

A circle of feminine souls

And all the while your sand

Is pouring through your glass

Unabated

No riches or beaus could fill

That clenched spot and stop

The difference between life and none

Nor slow the grains of my despair

As they slide carelessly through

And me a wicked child obsessed with the

Trivialities

Of unpaid bills and broken hearts

While stage four is at your door

And I am left digesting the matter

Of your dry facts bulk emailed

Frozen in shock unable to decide

To be stoic or dissolve to a puddle

Inconsolable

While time slips through

The only glass that should

Have mattered this night


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    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Trooper, he was ready to go in the end.

    • trooper22 profile image

      trooper22 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      It has been a hell of a year indeed. Lots of changes and lots of drama. I am doing well, although I have not been writing as much as I should be. Thank you for asking :). I hope you are well, and that the person this poem was written for finds peace in this life and the next.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Enigmatic nice to hear from you again. I guess we've all experienced death. Poetry is how I deal with it.

    • Enigmatic Me profile image

      7 years ago from East Coast Canada

      Time marches on.... a sentiment a well wisher left with me after my Nan (grandmother) passed.I was away at school when it happened, and it was hard not having the connect with family... the note left in my mail slot put my situation in a different light, and I have forever remembered it.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks darklin, nice to meet you. I'm glad you could relate to it. I'll go check out you hub.

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      darklin 

      7 years ago

      The hourglass peaked my interest. I am glad I read your poem......it really is amazing.....and now I understand where I am with the hourglass of time and even that is OK. Thanks for sharing.

      darklin

      http://hubpages.com/hub/Alfie-My-Brother

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      but players do get injured in football all the time...

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I wish it was more like a football game Nikki. Everyone on the field, then everyone off. None of this injured players getting hauled off on stretchers and away ambulances.

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      very good! how quickly time does fly, like our lives are weighed in the balance of an hour glass, one day time will run out, at the last drop of a grain.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Look what the cat drug in! How are you Trooper? Thanks for coming by for a comment. Unfortunately this is no whim poem, its been a hell of a year.

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      trooper22 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      "Time is the fire in which we burn." This line appeared in a Star Trek movie. I have no idea if it was quoted from some other work but it is relevant to us all...is it not? This is a beautiful piece of work RB. You have been, and remain one of my favorite poets and this piece be it for someone, or just a whim is just as precious.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I'm healthy as a horse sligobay. I've seen other people right intros for their poems explaining them; I never have. I can spell it out if you want. Thank you for always leaving such thoughtful comments.

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      sligobay 

      7 years ago from east of the equator

      "While stage four is at your door" sounds pretty ominous and relates to both glasses. An advanced stage of disease whether yours or a loved one makes transient comfort for an imminent end. "Your dry facts bulk emailed" and "circle of feminine souls" suggest another's fate. The puddle image is so sad when the smile in the goblet confronts the clenched spot of the only glass that should have mattered. This poem is so moving.

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thanks Poetvix. No one has figured out how to stop those sands yet.

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      poetvix 

      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      How true Randy, the glass that matters most is forever draining. This is a most impressive and touching piece. Kudos!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Thank you Micky I'm glad you approve sir.

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      Oh so smoooooth. You evoke the essence of those moments. "digesting the matter, Of your dry facts"- but it's all good. Thank you ma'am!

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Hi Mentalist, nice to make your acquaintance.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Psychadellic psychosis of beaus and bills...Fantastic.;)

    • Randy Behavior profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Behavior 

      7 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Howdy Jess. Nice to see your cartooness. Thanks for the comment.

      Oh sorry if I made you cry alekhouse. Thanks for coming by.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      This is so beautiful and heartfelt. I still have tears in my eyes.

    • Jess Killmenow profile image

      Jess Killmenow 

      7 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Alice in Wonderland shrinkage of the mundane in comparison with the truly unfathomable life and death. You bring us to yet another place we can all understand. Thank you.

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