The Timeless Power of Public Clocks

Ever since I can remember, clocks have held a fascination for me. As a child I would sit entranced listening to the ticking of a wall mounted or grandfather clock, The hypnotic tick tock combined with the movement of the pendulum transporting me to another world.

During my career I have worked in Westminster, and when the office windows where open, and the wind was in the right direction, the chimes of Big Ben reached my ears, . I feel lucky to have heard this historic timepiece, not merely on news broadcasts but also during my time working in Westminster.

Given my interest in clocks, I was pleased to come across David K. Leff’s essay, ”The Timeless Power of Public Clocks”, in which the author discusses the enduring hold communal timepieces exert over us.

In my recently published collection of poetry, “My Old Clock I Wind”, the passing of time is (as suggested by the title) a key theme running through the book. “My Old Clock” is available (in ebook format) from Amazon and can be found HERE.

It is also available from the publisher in both print and electronic formats and can be found here,

For a recording of me reading the title poem “My Old Clock I Wind” please visit

2 thoughts on “The Timeless Power of Public Clocks

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      I’m glad the clock lulled you to sleep Maja. I should imagine that there are quite a few famous public clocks in Norway? You also, have a good weekend. Its sunny here at the moment, after having poured down for much of yesterday!


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