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sands of time

Updated on May 10, 2011

The sands of time slip through my fingers

As I whirl in the shadows of my far away world;

Sands cushion my toes

As I dance along the shores

Of long forgotten memories.

Is it wrong to envy a butterfly?

Or to want to jump in the middle of a tumbleweed?

Weightless, Tossed about in the wind

Fragile, and piece by piece fade to nothingness

I wait for the next wind to blow along a seed I can ride on.

I hear you now, "That´s not YOÜ!"

Ah, but it is.

Why can´t I keep floating along like a bird with no history

Instead of dragging this anchor and chain around my neck

Of other people´s crimes?

I´m older now and so battle-weary

More poet than rebel

Writer than fighter

i don't want to put down roots, I want to explore some more

Stop collecting, and shred a few hundred pounds

Life is for living, not re-living

Once is enough for me

Light as a feather

I dream of floating forever

Until the day comes, when my soul will float - completely free.


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    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      lovesleftovers, I was just outside today thinking to myself - I have to make a concious effort to remember to think forward and not get my comfort from the past. I too often look backward too. I think we do that because we are so sure of the past, it doesn't change, and we can pick and choose our good memories. Keep trying, know you aren't alone - I'm doing the same thing...looking forward is harder because we are drawing on an empty slate...but it can be wonderful for us too, you know! Have faith, my new friend!

      Hi Jami!You are so right, ...those memories should loose their impact after so much time and work toward your positive growth and especially if you've worked to resolve issues from the past. I'm finding myself surprised at how things just creep up anyway even after thirty or so years. But you are right, we keep moving through it so as not to get stuck...I keep writing :) Brightest Blessings.

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      jami l. pereira 

      7 years ago

      Memories of the past , yea , timeless . you caprtured it , gorgeous ! I noticed that when a person dwells on horrible things from the past , it weakens them , think on it , do not forget and they move casually along just fine ... amazing write Ms. Erin , thank you for sharing :)

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      7 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful! I'm having a very difficult time adjusting to my newly acquired empty nest syndrome. I continually find myself having to convince my brain to look forward instead of looking backward. It's difficult some days more than others, but I'm still trying :)

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks so much Doug! I agree, its that spark that keeps us going each day.... :)

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      7 years ago

      It is not wrong to envy a butterfly. We all have that spark inside of us that is greater than our mortal bodies. You have captured some of that essence here.

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      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Hello my dear dear Epi, yes, have no fear - we're all playing in the same sand box. But its up to YOU to teach the kitties the difference between the sandbox and the litter box!

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      7 years ago

      .....I'm not worried about the sands of time - as long as you are standing there with me ......

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Eiddwen, Thanks so much for always coming by and leaving such positive and encouraging comments. I love reading your pages for the same reason!

      Marellen, you are welcome to go anywhere I am...I always think that these places are so much more beautiful when shared!

      Tina, I've read many Buddhist teachings that talk about leaving every thing that you are attached to to find enlightenment. I think its a beautiful and absolutely wonderful concept. The tumbleweed was a last minute thought, it just works that way! :)

      Acaetnna, always wonderful to see your beautiful smile on my pages! thanks so much for stopping by!

      Barb, yes, thank you! One like so many you have written, of the beach and growth and freedom! I still have you on my refrigerator!

      Silent Reed, thanks so much for your comment, which is so lovely by itself. And every word so beautiful and true. Good to see you again, my friend.

      Dear Genna! Welcome back! Always great to see you! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such wonderful words about my "work", I have to laugh when I call it work. We both know how it is to love words and to build a relationship with their structure and form. Hope you are doing well, my friend!

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Beautiful metaphors...just breathtaking. You are already at the door of exploring, and what a magnificent door it is with such a creative heart. Well done, Erin! :-)

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      7 years ago from Philippines

      The words of a poet,you make us pause to remember how the air must have smelled of the sweetest of flowers and blades of grass frolicking in the warmth of the sun....alas,for fame and estate we lock ourselves and throw away the key,prisoners of our own making.:)

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Another Beautiful one my friend...up, up and away...Loved it!

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      7 years ago from Guildford

      An incredibly uplifting and beautiful poem Erin. Simply divine.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      I like the tumbleweed as a metaphore. Imagine to have the courage to have less belongings or other strings that keep us down and makes us live most time of our life on one spot on this beautiful planet! Wonderful poem, it is both thought provoking and encouraging.


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      7 years ago your poem...Can I go with you and just float away and end up on a sandy beach? That sounds so nice....

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      7 years ago from Wales

      This is beautiful Erin and so very uplifting.

      A truly priceless poem.

      Take care and thanks for sharing your talent with us on here.


    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Ruby, now you know I wrote this for both of us! Love you sister! Smiles and hugs!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      OMG, This lifted me higher than a kite on a windy day. The line,' Life is for living, not re-living' Is so perfect. Why do we live in the past? The happy memories are few. As you must know, i loved this and needed it today. Thank you my friend.

      *** Smiles and Hugs ****


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