Merciless are the Hands of Time

Peering into the bottom of her glass

evoked a smirk

it was empty

hands of time bent


Looking into the sky

dreams had soared there

crashed in a wingless hulk

no future for the golden chimes


Grasping hands

perfunctory joy

meaningless melted failure

life’s promised sands


captivating laughter

floated on the air

heart climbing from the  ruin

“tick tock” mimicked beats


Realizing too late

the last, the sickest joke

believing for one breath

time stopped to care

This poem is in response to my friend Shay’s excellent perspective of Free Verse at which she excels. Join us at One Stop Poetry as we toot our kazoos.

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are working with a team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. You are really getting the hang of this whole free verse thing, mdw. This is very effective, and the flow is excellent to a strong close. Like it much.


  2. yep sure enough time waits on no one but marches on stomping on ‘lifes promised sands’ those sands of time … but how I loved that grasp of laughter .. Ha … at times expense … brilliant image Leslie and stunning write ~ great way to kill time ~
    Many magical Midsummer wishes ~ Lib ~ xxx


  3. yep time waits for no one and marches on stomping on ‘lifes promised sands’
    those uncaring sands of time ~ but how I loved the grasp at laughter ~ Ha ~ laughing in the face of time, beating and cheating time a time ~ Brilliant Dalis image and wonderful write Leslie ~ a great way to kill time ~ Lib ~
    Many Magical Midsummer wishes xxx
    ~ this is my second comment playing on time but think time whittled it away 🙂
    but if it turns up Leslie then maybe both could be stitched in a time to save nine :)))


  4. Some of your best lines I’ve seen– chiefly due to the power of the imagery, Leslie:

    Looking into the sky

    dreams had soared there

    crashed in a wingless hulk

    no future for the golden chimes



  5. Love the Dali as an illustration. Also loved the flow of this piece where time shows no care, melts all over us, making us gooey and sluggish. Why is it so hard for us to move then and outside time rolls on and the nature of things don’t change. Excellent work, Ms. Leslie. Sorry it took so long to get here. My time these days is sticky too!


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