Hour Glass

  • On the 21st of June 2012, I had seen a picture that Janet @slmret had posted on her blog (xanga), showing the way the trees were bent due to the force of the wind. It’s an amazing picture; I had to sit and write about it. This poem is for you Janet.
  • When you tell me you don’t need me
    I think of the time you’d said
    you couldn’t live without me.

You say nothing matters anymore
But I know everything matters
More now, than ever before.

Like sand flowing through the hour glass
you say our time has come and gone
and refuse to look at my lowered head

So many questions in our mind
some unanswerable
others unfathomable

Like branches of trees on the sea shore
leaning away from their trunks
accepting decades of wind’s fury

My body leans towards you
Hoping to stop the passage of time
wishing for more sand in the hourglass.

Zakiah Sayeed
June 21st 2012.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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30 Responses to Hour Glass

  1. slmret says:

    It’s a beautiful poem, Zakiah! There’s lots to think about here, and i love the last 2 stanzas! Thank you!

    • Zakiah says:

      I was going through the Xanga archives and came across this poem. I feel so bad that I couldn’t save the beautiful photographs of the trees that you had posted. Xanga has saved some photos in a bric a brac way of nonchalance. I wish I could get to all the photos. Your photos are always so amazing Janet.

      • slmret says:

        The tree was the Lone Cypress near Carmel, or one very like it — those by the seashore lean with the wind towards the sea — they are icons of the Monterey County coastline! I found it the night you posted this, but when I tried to find it again this evening, Xanga wouldn’t let me get to it! I’ll see if I can find it and send it to you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Oh thank you Janet. You can post it in your comment on the post instead of sending it b to me. I hope you can find it.

  2. My turn to be first.

    Beautifully written. I can relate to the feelings in the last stanza. And you captured those feelings so eloquently.

    • Zakiah says:

      I think you and Janet typed out your comments at the same time. WP gave the lady “after you” privilege I think.
      Thanks Matt for the thoughts you pour out when you respond to a post and for appreciating what I write. Love and hugs to you.

      • slmret says:

        LOL — I think you’re right about the two of us typing our comments at the same time! Sorry, Matt — I’ll try to give you a little time next time!

  3. I think I remember this poem. It’s lovely and poignant.

    • Zakiah says:

      Love you C for remembering it. How sweet you are. There are some poems for some photos that evoke a lot of passion and desire. Matt and Michel’s photography does the same for me. You just see the picture, and your fingers start to itch to write something, say something to honor that photo.

  4. mrswrangler says:

    Lovely poem. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    • Zakiah says:

      I had a good weekend love. hope you both were able to relax and enjoy it too. You work so hard day in and day out, driving thousands of miles. Always wonder about you. Next time you come across the Mississippi river in Quincy or Hannibal, you have to let me know. I would love to see you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Elizabeth. You have been so busy with so many activities that include the joys of taking care of little Cutie. I am surprised you have time to come here and leave a comment. Love and hugs.

  5. cjjustice1 says:

    I love this allegorical poem! Thank you for sharing your gift – both for free, and also in your books. Love and hugs – Carolyn

    • Zakiah says:

      Carolyn, dear friend, what a gift you are to me! So inspiring and so transparent in your sincerity. I am humbled. Thank you for all the kind words and thoughts you have shared with me over all these years. Love.

  6. This is a heart-toucher…and so relatable, SweetZ.
    Often life’s “winds” are as tough on us as the wind is on the trees. 😦 But, even if we are “bent” or “battered” we must keep growing and reaching outward and upward.
    I’m sure everyone wishes for more sand in the hourglass.
    Now, I’ll wipe the tears from my eyes…and thank you for sharing your beautiful poem with us. I know I’ve said this before, but you write with your heart.
    (((HUGS)))

    • Zakiah says:

      Sweet Carolyn, thank you for such a beautiful comment. You should have seen the photos that Janet had posted on Xanga a hundred years ago… it seems that long! I couldn’t take my eyes off those pictures. I mulled over them and thought for so long about how I can memorialize them, and I am so glad I did. I was going through the archives and voila! I came across the poem sans the photo. (Thanks a lot Xanga!)
      Your comments always make me rest my chin in the palms of my hands, and I just stare at the words. They flow so sweetly and I think, “wow, Zakiah, see you did amount to something after all!!” Wish they could be alive and I could share the words with them! Oh well.
      Many hugs to you.

      • I love when a photo, or a piece of art (painting, sculpture, etc.) inspire a poem. And sometimes the poem inspires the art work! So wonderful! 🙂

        OH, my gosh! You have “amounted to something…you are a treasure, you are priceless! You have added so much beauty, kindness, joy to the world and you have helped so many people in your life, profession, writing, art, etc.! And you have blessed the world with your amazing children and grandchildren! 🙂
        I want to believe that those ancestors/family that have gone on before us, DO know what we have accomplished and I believe they are proud and smiling. 🙂
        MORE HUGS!!! 🙂

  7. michnavs says:

    I got here througj Carolyn’s site..

    I love this poem and it triggers layers of emotions for me…the last verse is epic..its beautiful …i felt calm and serenity in it..

    • Zakiah says:

      I am deeply humbled and gratified that you found the path to my threshold via Carolyn’s post. Welcome. I hope you will stay a while, and keep returning.
      Your kind words about my poem I shall hold dear to my heart. Thank you.

    • Zakiah says:

      I went to your blog and read about the launching of your book and your passion to help domestic abuse victims. Bravo to you and your efforts.
      I tried to comment, but couldn’t find a way to get into the comment section. Please let me know how I can comment on your blog. Thank you.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you so much for reading my work and coming to my humble site. I shall go back and visit you again and see why WP doesn’t show the arrow or box for comments.

      • SweetZ,
        On Michnavs’ posts…if you click on the title of a post it will take you to the comment section of that post where you can leave a comment. 🙂
        I believe you and Mich will enjoy each others poetry, writing, and art!
        HUGS!!! 🙂

  8. The last stanza says the meaning that the shape of the tree bent by the sea wind inspires to you; Zakiah.
    Love ❤
    Michel

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