Tempus Edax Rerum

August 8, 2008
By Andrea Garcia-Vargas, Dublin, OH

I am the one who sprinkles the dust
Across the light bulbs of your lamps
I am the one who darkens the mold
Along the outer rind of your cheese
The trenches of crow’s-Feet I
Daily dig out. Liver spots are
A habitual hobby
I plunge your
Young ones
Snatch your
family from your grasp
Slowly I spin the silk of your Web
Only to rupture it at the last thread
I cannot be held in the palm of your hand
Yet I’m often displayed with a trickle of sand
My true home -- a clock. Tick tock, tick tock.

The author's comments:
The title, "Tempus Edax Rerum," is a famous Latin saying that means, "Time, the devourer of all things," which is extremely suitable for my poem, which revolves around time. It is actually a typographic poem - I wrote the poem into MS Word and modified it so it formed the shape of the hourglass - but I'm not sure how well that will work out when I submit it to Teen Ink! It didn't really seem to work when I pasted it into the text box!

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