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Isaacson's Hourglass

Isaacson's Hourglass is
emblazoned with its symbols,
character and resonance
of the United Kingdom.

Written by Emily Isaacson,
it is her latest work of art,
poetry published in the book Victoriana.

Isaacson's Hourglass details the poetry
of a waning empire,
on the verge of transformation.


The minute grain of sand
through the hourglass, counts
each moment of me,
each person I become,
with airs or plain common sense—
You dressed me in linen,
as the wild grass burrs,
and anointed me with fine perfume
from the paisley flowers of the field;
streaming down my forehead
was your oil.

So I was cleansed from within,
so I walked free like a man
released from a prison.
The temple’s gate welcomed me,
the church house sang my arias,
they trellised the treble
and reverberated the bass,
note by note.

The hourglass sand is
whiter than snow,
never runs sour,
is as multicoloured as fire,
and salty as the sea,
pouring and pouring
until it turns again.

Emily Isaacson

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