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Hostages of the Hourglass

Time brought them together but what destiny unites, life divides

By Dharrsheena Raja SegarranPublished 11 months ago 1 min read
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An old hourglass held them both hostage

She gazed at him from the upper bulb

The elusive sand flowed into the lower bulb

Where he was running out of space


He begged desperately for her to help

She just couldn't stop crying

Because everything she tried had failed

But there was one way, though


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Old hourglasses had one major flaw

Their upper and lower bulbs weren't one piece

They were connected by a cord at their union

Coated with wax to hold them together


She knew she had to melt the wax

She set herself on fire for that

The melted wax disconnected the bulbs

He broke free and ran to his lover


While her ashes mixed with the sand

He and his lover led a beautiful life together

He never thought about her once

Although she sacrificed her life to save his

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Dharrsheena Raja Segarran

My mental health decline brought along a lot of Darkness and I embraced it. This Darkness flows out in the form of Horror Stories and Dark Poetry 🖤

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  • L.C. Schäfer23 days ago

    Lesson learned. Never burn yourself for an ungrateful toad of a man! Beautiful work 😁

  • Myles Pennock10 months ago

    Another fantastic poem! I would love to hear your feedback on my story!

  • VJHD10 months ago

    Very clever take on an hour glass. Very sad 😔 but beautifully done.

  • Talia Devora11 months ago

    Nice poem! Thanks for sharing

  • Beth Sarah11 months ago

    What a beautiful extended metaphor - I loved it!

  • Grz Colm11 months ago

    Nice imagery.

  • Bonnie JS Eglin11 months ago

    Didn't realize THIS was YOURS When I shared it on my FB profile a few days ago WOW! Kinda cool! Feeling it!

  • Tragic and sad.

  • Troy Dow Van Zandt11 months ago

    I like!

  • Cathy holmes11 months ago

    Sad and so well written

  • Mariann Carroll11 months ago

    Very sad 😢 Bravo 👏

  • J. Delaney-Howe11 months ago

    Nicely written!

  • Cendrine Marrouat11 months ago

    A lovely poem! I especially like the concept of wax. I could imagine a painting in my mind.

  • Luna Jupiter11 months ago

    This is such a beautiful poem and a wonderful metaphor. Can't wait to read more from you!

  • Mala11 months ago

    What a touching poem. Reading that her ashes mixed into the sand gave me chills. Thank you!

  • Danwil Reyes11 months ago

    Nice poem right here!

  • Kat Sung (she/they)11 months ago

    Your ability to tell a story inside your poetry is beautiful and inspiring!

  • Christian Oxford11 months ago

    Nicely done!

  • Jasmine S.11 months ago

    What a unique way to describe everyday relationships and their failings. Wow. Loved it!

  • AGB11 months ago

    Beautiful poem! Love it!

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  • Caroline Jane11 months ago

    Superb metaphor. ❤

  • Such a gorgeous poem! A perfect metaphor! :)

  • Denise Larkin11 months ago

    Beautifully written and emotional.

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