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The Optimist

Updated on August 19, 2013
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Is the glass half empty

Or half full?

A pessimist I am

But the emptying of this vessel

Is inevitable.

I have delighted in it

From the very first taste

And savored it throughout

But in its time

The life has waned

As the content

Has slowly drained

Destined

Even to the most

Positive thinker

As the last grain of sand

In the time drinker

Rests in the bottom

Of the hour-glass

Until my soul drifts

To its next destination

Where the glass is turned

On its end

Sand cascades first grain

As a new babe born

And I gasp life again



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      Bill Blackburn 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

      Great imagery Wayne... I enjoyed this very much!

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      Jennifer 3 years ago from New Jersey

      I like how life can be either, and perception can turn on a dime!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, this is a beautiful illustration of life and death. Your poetry is always smooth and melodic. Great job!

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      Liz Davis 3 years ago from Hudson, FL

      I can really relate to this one. Love it!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Bill. I appreciate the visit.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wayne barrett I like where you took this.. you could even compare it to life's end then a brand new beginning..yeah? Voted up and creative :)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Jennifer.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, bravewarrior.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      End upon end, the hourglass flows

      and with it on life goes.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Liz!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Frank!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Deb!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Great imagery. Life flowing like sand grains through an hour glass. Enjoyed.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      'until my soul floats to it's next destination'...

      Ahhhhhhhhhh....ooooooooooo.....absolutely delicious - it's exactly how i feel..(minus the float, of course...lol)

      loving on your style, Wayno...i connect with it, as i'm sure millions others would if given the opportunity..

      time is running out, tho..(lol)..

      voting/sharing up

      ps. when my gm died, i found out i was pregnant with my daughter..

      when my m-i-l died - i found out i was pregnant with my son..

      all began and ended with a gasp..

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rasma.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Lesley. There's nothing better than having you Ahhhhh and ooooooo on my hub. :-)

      I appreciate your kind words and your support.

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      Erika 3 years ago

      This is awesome, Dad! You are a very brilliant writer :)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Erika. I love nice comments from brilliant writers. :-)

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      You are a philosopher king too. And you have enough literary talent to keep several inverted rainbows shining forever - I've never seen so many new colors before but then again that's what great writers always do.

      Sending you warm wishes from Colin and his cats after night shift sleep

      at lake erie time 1:17pm

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Warm wishes received and reciprocated. Thank you, Colin!

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      Beth37 3 years ago

      I agree with Erika and was going to write what she said, but now I can't. Actually I was going going to leave out the "dad" part. I'm an optimist and I still think life passes quickly. :)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Beth!

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      thost 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      You really did analyze that drink Wayne. Well done my friend, I will vote this one up.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Tom!

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Top notch,my friend!.It is a pleasure to read and you always make me think.Voted up

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again, James.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      Your philosophical mind is very evident here Wayne...what I perceive this to be about is; when it comes to life, is it really about being positive or negative, isn't it more about embracing the inevitable in this life before the cycle begins again on its inevitable path....thank you for sharing this reflection:-))

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank yo very much, Valleypoet.

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      Jose Velasquez 3 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Only a masochist keeps drinking from the cup of pessimism throughout his life. Everyone else takes a little positivity too.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much my friend and I will be checking in on your poetry challenge. We have a big storm right now and I don't think I'll get a lot of writing done in the next couple of days.

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      Daniel James Hinton 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      pouring till the end, to which there is no bottom. can you breath before it swallows, to a land of golden cotton. A warm congratulation on a good poem.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Daniel! It's good to see you at my humble hub.

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      Daniel James Hinton 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Why thank you good sir.

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