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Exhaust the little moment

Posted by ESC on July 02, 2003

In Reply to: 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.