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Flipped Hourglass

Flipped Hourglass Bits of unwrinkled sand, harried ageless seconds, Rush through a narrow neck Pushing to birth Moments of elegance or horror Shoving aside other grains Like words of regret flowing unrestricted Into a ballet arabesque of transparent history Irretrievable Uncatchable Lost like a tear drop in desert sea dances Prodigals or prophets unable to caress or cling Only rush headlong into the past. When Heaven’s hand flips the hourglass Second chances dash forward, Free flowing jive of refreshed possibilities, To animate a nameless tidal stream In a cadence of options That takes no long lost baggage Through gravity’s flowing fountain Irresistible Unstoppable Choreography of charity recaptured That speaks in immutable tones Of free flowing grace. Each spiraling grain speaks of steps renewed Waiting to articulate Gliding strides of spoken blessing Or pirouettes of consecration As one grain falls upon another In a transparent time window, With intervals of oblation tarantellas, Irrepressible Uncontainable Until the dance routine runs its course Dancers lie inert to hear echoes of eternity whisper “Save your last dance for me.” 2-9-22 Contest: This or That Sponsor: Edward Ibeh Title Chosen: Flipped Hour Glass

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Date: 2/22/2022 10:44:00 AM
Oh, so very beautiful, Sam. Each line is exquisite, but I particularly loved "Prodigals or prophets, unable to caress or cling..."
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/1/2022 9:19:00 AM
Ann, my friend, thank you. I am so glad you liked this poem. I did struggle with the concept. It lifts my heart to know these lines spoke to your heart. Many thanks and much gratitude! Sending you blessings! Just and FYI - the floor is in! Just a few more details to finish.
Date: 2/13/2022 7:30:00 AM
"speaks of steps renewed Waiting to articulate", "dance routine runs its course Dancers lie inert" these and the whole poem is very beautiful. Congratulations!
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/1/2022 9:16:00 AM
Hi Alexis! Sending you overwhelming gratitude for your lovely note of congratulations and your beautiful compliments! Thank you. It just seemed to me that even though we cannot capture the seconds as they run past us, every time the hourglass is flipped, we get a second chance. We are blessed with amazing opportunities! Sending you many blessings.
Date: 2/13/2022 6:44:00 AM
A huge Congratulations, Sam. What a magnificent ending with "Dancers lie inert to hear echoes of eternity whisper “Save your last dance for me.” Love your impressive style of repeating similar-sounding words - ”Irrepressible Uncontainable ". Another brilliant poem! Love and BW ~ Mala
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/1/2022 9:12:00 AM
Dearest Mala, as I mentioned to Edward I thought had responded to the messages on Flipped Hourglass! So very sorry! Thank you so much for your lovely message and your congratulations. They mean so much to me! It is my companions, and friends like you, on the poetic journey that are the refreshing oasis as we travel down the road. Sending you much love and many hugs dear friend!
Date: 2/13/2022 6:19:00 AM
Heartiest congratulations on your top win in my contest, Sam:-) As always, your poem is quite magnificent! You've wowed me once again
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 3/1/2022 9:04:00 AM
Edward, thank you! Thought I had responded to your email! Big opps! Your words of compliment are a precious support and inspiration. I am so grateful to you for your placement and for your contest theme that once again drew me in and challenged me to dig deeper and reach higher! Always enjoy your creative, original pennings! Sending you many blessings my friend!
Date: 2/10/2022 3:43:00 AM
So fabulous ! Great content, profound and inspirational and admirable presentation ! Best of luck in the contest, Sam !
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Sam Kauffman
Date: 2/11/2022 10:11:00 AM
Valsa thank you! I wrestled with this theme and kept coming back to the idea of new opportunities we have each time the hourglass is flipped. It reminded me not to squander those precious minutes. I so appreciate your wonderful feedback and your best wishes! Warm winter blessings to you!