During this time of Covid-19, I have had my down times just like many of you. But, what I find helps more than anything else is to create purpose in my life. Being isolated gives me much time for creativity. It lifts my spirit and brings me joy. This past year I have self-published a hundred page book of poems I have written for my daily blog on Word Press. I also wrote and illustrated a children’s book about Rocky the Owl, and passed it out to friends who have little ones. Now that the days are warmer, I have been painting again. There is not time to sit and wait for the grim reaper. There are things to do that take my mind of the sand in the hour glass!

The sand in the hour glass runs faster at the end

I feel it shifting and settling into that narrow space

People for centuries tried to flip the glass to no avail

In the span of time and antiquity

our few minutes goes quickly

So make them count // those last few grains

settling into the final drop // becoming sand once more

Tell your stories // write your poems // sing your songs

Fill your days with creativity // joy // and wonder

For the sand in the hour glass runs faster at the end

This is a painting I finished last week of the City View Dairy Farms in the community where I grew up in Pennsylvania. I posted it on the community Facebook page where it was appreciated with hundreds of likes and comments and memories from people who no longer live there, but have great memories of getting milk there. It gave me great joy to see so many find it meaningful.

60 thoughts on “Sand

  1. I so agree about the sand in the hourglass. I ,too, can feel it speeding up more and more at this stage and age of life. And it becomes even more precious…grain by grain. I also write and paint, and have even begun voice lessons….just because! Life is so very brief and precious. Let us live it being as present as we can for as many moments as we can. Thank you for your lovely post.

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  2. Dwight, Your lovely poem is very relatable! Your message is so applicable to our times. Retirees feel the sand rushing through the hourglass. So do students who are losing big chunks of their education experience. I think you are incredibly positive and productive, spreading joy with your heartfelt poems, travel and wildlife photographs, and nostalgic paintings. Your handyman skills are also impressive. ❀

    May the joy you give to others come back to you. Have a great week! πŸ™‚

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  3. So true, {{{Dwight}}} – the sand runs faster at the end… and that comes sooner for some than others. Today my “favorite student” Yu Stiles (kindergarten 1962) went home with Hospice care. His stage 4 or 5 cancer cannot be eradicated, evidently. I can’t wrap my head around that. I pray for God’s miracle. Yes, “the sand in the hour glass runs faster at the end” … and we never know when that end will be. Sobering, isn’t it?

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  4. Love your Poem and constant ability to show up where you are calling on your souls purpose and creativity to lead the road during rocky days. You poem is lovely to remind us the take each moment as it comes and make them count. I love your picture as well!!!! ❀️

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  5. Yes young Dwight, we must make the most of our time here !!
    “We are a finite speck of the infinite
    Our time is but a spark of light
    Our existence is the life of a micro battery
    Just an electron of the universe’s hatchery”

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  6. Psalms 90:12 came to mind as I read this, Dwight. β€œSo teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Thank you for the kindness and grace you show with your posts, your creativity and your generous comments to one and all. πŸ’

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  7. A poignant meditation on our fleeting time on earth. I think of my kids and my own childhood and how that portion of life seems endless. I’m glad they have that. I love the story behind the painting!

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  8. What a positive post, Dwight. Life is too short to waste one minute of it and when I feel things are not going to my liking, I find things to keep me busy. It is therapeutic for me to be busy. Your painting is delightful and keep on keeping on.

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