Life as an Hourglass

My life is like a fragile hourglass
sand grains drop through.
Some moments I savor
slip past me before
I can taste them.
Other times
lag behind
move so
I can
it and so
I open my
mouth and
scream aloud.
I want to control
each and every grain
of my life, especially now
in our winter season when the
path ahead is far shorter than the
glorious one we’ve been blessed to share.

Written for NAPOWRIMO, DAY 28. Today the prompt is to  write a concrete poem, in which the lines are shaped in a way that mimics the topic of the poem. Also shared with dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where today it’s OLN: Open LInk Night where we can share any one poem of our choosing.

15 thoughts on “Life as an Hourglass

  1. Grace April 28, 2022 / 3:08 pm

    What a lovely shaped poem of an hourglass Lillian. How fast those times can go by. And good luck on your writing this month!


  2. Ron. April 28, 2022 / 3:18 pm

    Yeah, I made my concreter do double duty today too, Lillian Thanks for sharing.


  3. a.h. starlingsson April 28, 2022 / 3:20 pm

    A great read, but I just cannot imagine the work that went into that…an architectural poem….


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) April 28, 2022 / 3:20 pm

    I have not written concrete in a long time… this inspires a lot… I already have a thought of the shape, now i just have to fill it with words.


  5. merrildsmith April 28, 2022 / 4:33 pm

    Nicely done with the shape, Lillian! I can understand wanting to control the sands in the hourglass, too.


  6. rothpoetry April 28, 2022 / 7:09 pm

    I really like your hourglass poem. It flows very well. I can identify with wanting to be in control of my life and yet finding it slipping through my fingers!


  7. Rob Kistner April 28, 2022 / 7:12 pm

    This is wonderful Lil, and I love “shape” poems — concrete, though I love the content to be warm and malleable, like yours was my friend… 🙂✌🏼❤️


  8. Lucy April 28, 2022 / 7:51 pm

    A very powerful and impactful read.


  9. marialberg April 28, 2022 / 8:03 pm

    I really enjoyed the half-an-hourglass shape you created.


  10. sdtp33 April 28, 2022 / 8:46 pm

    A shapely skilful poem,Lilian!


  11. Helen April 29, 2022 / 1:32 pm

    LOVE your hourglass poem, Lillian! Cannot imagine ‘flipping’ it over!


  12. navasolanature April 29, 2022 / 4:36 pm

    Wonderfully worded and shaped. So good to be visiting again. You inspire me to be more poetic. And this really captures those years passing and being closer to our….


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