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He's in No Hurry - March 12, 2024

I bet our windable timepiece

sits on a shelf in the hospital ward

of broken hands and busted lives

in the same poorly lit room

with boxes of arms and legs

and faces of those that

didn’t survive surgery


that clock shop is the clock man’s ER

and morgue and holder of dreams

for every clock who

ever wanted to be Big Ben


ours only needed a key to set time

and surely he said he’d find one

among the bones of another clock


but one year later

with one excuse after another

and the ping of pendulums

and bells counting hours

in the background   silence


perhaps like the race car driver

addicted to speed   this fixer of

clocks has so much time on his hands

he can’t help being slow

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