Thursday, March 17, 2016

DMC: "Measuring Time" by Maria Marshall


Pulled apart, we each drift and shift down
through the opening back to the ground.
Slowly slipping, counting out eternity,
we gather together in uniformity.

Individuals, separately small,
together we have the wherewithal,
to delineate time, measure your moments,
count down your life, or increase your focus.

We don't need any gears, springs, or hands,
we stand ready, awaiting your command,
to always and accurately amass —
We are the sands in the hourglass.

© 2016 Maria Marshall. All rights reserved.

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  1. Profound poem. I especially like the lines "Individuals, separately small,
    together we have the wherewithal." Beautiful.

  2. Humanity has so much potential when we come together. Thanks for expressing this in such a lovely way, Maria.

  3. Genius. What a lovely way to convey this thought. The last line is perfect. A very inspiring poem. Loved reading it. I read it through several times and savored each word. :-) Saving this little ditty in a folder in my inbox.

  4. Great poem. I loved it. I agree totally with Robyn.

  5. what a beautiful wisdom to reflect on this spring day Thank you for blessing us with you rich poem of wisdom :)

  6. So well done, Maria! I love the meaning...but also the lyrical style. Your rhymes and slant/near rhymes work perfectly together. Great job!!!!

  7. What a unique sense of time, and I love your last line, "We are the sands in the hourglass."

  8. Very nice. I particularly like the opening two lines. Thanks!

  9. I love the curiosity this creates, and the wonderful reveal at the end. Thanks for sharing.