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Robert Mezey


December 01, 1991

The hourglass

Yes, it is well enough that time be measured By the hard shadow a pillar casts in summer Or by the water moving in that river Where Heraclitus once saw our obsession, Since both resemble time and destiny: The deep imponderable daily shadow, And the cold coursing tendency of water Continuing irreversibly on its way; Well enough. But time found in the desert Another medium, both soft and heavy, One that seems almost to have been invented For measuring out the eons of the dead.