It can be the gentle ebb of a crystal-clear tide, lapping at golden sands on a summer’s day. When it’s on your side, you feel buoyant, strong enough to surf even the most fearsome of waves. Empowered. Invincible.

It can also be a force to be reckoned with — the cascading rush of a waterfall as it hits the pool below. The weight of it can crush and drown you, dragging you mercilessly into its icy depths. Powerless. Defeatable.

It’s fluid, but evaporates when the heat is turned up. Sometimes you feel frozen in it.

Just like water…

Is Time.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
5 months ago

What a beautifully expressive piece of writing, Emily. And love the comparison between the tangible and intangible things that cause the greatest erosion in life. Very nicely done.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
5 months ago

What an unexpected ending, Emily, you had me at water! Very cleverly done. I loved it!

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
5 months ago

Emily, this is the kind of story that would stay with the reader for a long time. I had to read it a few times, not wanting to miss anything. I loved the comparison at the end. When I read it the first time I was eager to see where you were going with the story. I did not expect that ending. It was brilliant and the moment I read it, the whole story fell into place for me. Well done!

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

Very profound and poetic descriptions of water. Love your micro story, Emily.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

Read this through again and was wondering if in the first sentence, it should read “summer’s day” or “summer day?”

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Voice-Team
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5 months ago

Tell us what you would like to change, and we’d be glad to correct it, Emily. We also missed that!

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Reply to  Emily O'Leary
5 months ago

Glad to help! Done .

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
5 months ago

What a lovely piece of writing, Emily. It is very eloquent. I love it. 

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Emily O'Leary
4 months ago

You are welcome, Emily.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
4 months ago

This is beautiful, Emily. Very poetic, and like others have stated I needed to read it several times because I didn’t want to miss anything. Great content is deserving of absorption, and this sure fits that bill! Rich description in so few words. Fantastic work, Emily!

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Juma
Juma(@juma)
4 months ago

Very unique and expressive. The last line surprised me. Great writing, Emily!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
4 months ago

A great build-up to an unexpected change of perspective, Emily. Who thought water and time could be described in the same way? Great work!

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Sandra OReilly
Sandra OReilly(@sandra-oreilly)
4 months ago

This was really clever well done I loved it – I had to check the comp was about water and not time lol!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
4 months ago

Congratulations, Emily. Nice one.

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