The Hands Are Almost At Half-Past

The hands are almost at half-past.
Will the clock last
The hour?

A sudden shock
Can stop
The clock
At …

And what of that?
For clocks
Are like flies,
One dies
But the great tick tock
Continues on,
Though one is gone.


15 thoughts on “The Hands Are Almost At Half-Past

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Many thanks for your kind words. I think that time is a human concept so, yes it would still exist if all clocks stopped (provided there where humans still living). We have a body clock (as do animals). Prior to the coming of clocks we governed the hours by the sun, when we where hungry etc and if all technology failed I guess we would revert to something similar. Best, Kevin

  1. Marje @ Kyrosmagica

    I’m very partial to thoughts about time and poetry. All the clocks in the world might stop but time would still continue. No doubt we’d find another way to measure it. Where would we be without our watches! Reliant on our mobiles…. No!

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I also am partial to clocks, particularly traditional, chiming timepieces. I agree with you that if all the clocks stopped, we would find another way of measuring time (the good old sun dial springs to mind). Best, Kevin

  2. Ana

    This poem hit me in the chest. I think this is the best poem I have ever read contrasting death and time and how the world keeps rolling no matter what. I think that’s what hurts the most. Thank you for sharing your talent.


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