Posted by ESC on July 02, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Sands through an hourglass posted by Hopper on July 02, 2003
: : : : : : Whoops! I started a phrase discussion a few days ago, and then that whole board went into archive. Here is my original post plus a single reply to date, from bob:
: : : : : : I am curious to learn whether people here have some good phrases or images for ephemerality. To give an example, one that I know is a simile: "fading like dew on the grass of a summer's morn".
: : : : : : to which Bob added:
: : : : : : Like a pork chop in a boarding house.
: : : : : A snowball in hell
: : : : I'll look in a descriptive dictionary and see what I can find. All I can think of at the moment is the old song, "Dust in the Wind." That song is full of fleeting moment phrases.
: : : A flash in the pan.. I'll add others if I can think of them.
: : "Like sands through an hourglass these then, are the days of our lives." From the soap opera by the same name -- Days of Our Lives.
: "Like a quickly vanishing mirage."
"Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies." Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 - ), American poet. Exhaust the Little Moment, 1949.
"...we all do fade as a leaf." Bible: Isaiah, Chapter 24, verse 6.