I have long been fascinated by clocks and time itself and this is reflected in many of my poems. I am reblogging one such, “Time”, which first appeared here back in 2015. The clock in question still sits, in pride of place, on the bookcase in my living room and adorns the cover of my collection of poems, “My Old Clock I Wind and Other Poems”. Incidentally another clock (which sits on the dresser in my living room) appears on the front cover of my collection, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”.

K Morris - Poet

The reaper moves

In time with the pendulum.

No rush

Or fuss

He has plenty of time.

My patient friend

whose tick portends

my inevitable end.

You rest in state

on my bookcase.

Tick tock

I can not stop

time’s sithe.

None can survive

his cut.

Though in a cupboard my clock be shut

death can not be put


The sickle chops

And the heart will, one day, stop.

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10 thoughts on “Time

  1. debbiejonesalwaysamused

    This is superb, Kevin! I love the unhurried “tick-tock” rhythm and gentle references to Old Father Time. Clocks are fascinating aren’t they, especially older timepieces. I know some people find the sound of their ticking annoying, but when you live with them, they blend into the background mostly, or you can find the sound comforting.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Debbie. Yes older timepieces possess personality. I love the tick tock and the chime of a traditional clock and, as you say the sound does, after a while blend into the background. Do you own a traditional clock? I’m delighted you like my poem.

      Best wishes – Kevin

      1. debbiejonesalwaysamused

        My pleasure, Kevin! I have a cuckoo clock that my Auntie & Uncle bought for me, probably over 50 years ago, when I was a little girl. They used to go to Vienna quite regularly back then, so I think it came from there. It was repaired & overhauled a few years ago, which was quite expensive. When we moved here, I think it may have suffered during the move, despite being packed well. Currently, it ticks, but only clanks, rather than chimes, there’s no “cuck’s” or “oo’s” as the paper bellows have perished, that’s when it actually decides to chime, & it only has one hand..poor thing! Other than that it’s fine, haha! I’m not sure how I’d describe its personality..afflicted, or just plain broken? I do like chiming clocks, my Mom has a few different sorts, though..dinging & donging at slightly different times.

    2. K Morris Poet Post author

      Your cuckoo clock sounds like a very interesting timepiece, Debbie and its great that it has been in your family for some 50 years. I also have a cuckoo clock. However ever since some visiting children decided to play with its weights its never been the same and cuckoos out of time. I keep meaning to see if I can get that put right. I would love to have a grandfather clock, however living in a flat (albeit a large one) I don’t think that its the ideal environment for such a clock but maybe one day. Best wishes – Kevin

      1. debbiejonesalwaysamused

        Awww its a shame your cuckoo clock also has its problems, Kevin. I hope you manage to get it fixed one day. My brother used to fire his catapult at mine, when we were children..I’m amazed it’s still in one piece at all! I do like Grandfather Clocks too, & always fancied one. Years ago my Mom & Dad we’re considering moving house. One of the houses they viewed had 2 beautiful, old Grandfather Clocks which were part of the sale..I really wanted them to go for it, & it was a few doors away from a good school friend, which was even better! They didn’t, & my Mom still lives in the same house. She does have a grandaughter clock, it’s not what I’d consider as old, but a nice clock, all the same. It is a bit temperamental with regards to the chimes, like your cuckoo clock, it chimes out of time sometimes. I do hope you get your dream Grandfather Clock one day, they’re such noble gentlemen, I feel.

      2. K Morris Poet Post author

        Thank you, Debbie. I hope so too as regards the grandfather clock which are, as you so rightly say, such noble gentleman.

        Its a shame that your mum never bought that house with those 2 great timepieces. Your mention of those grandfather clocks reminds me of a country pub, many years ago in Wales where a grandfather clock was for sale. I wanted that clock but never bought it which was mainly, I think because it would have been a pain transporting it from Wales to Liverpool (my mum’s home). Its good that your cuckoo clock survived the attentions of your brother’s catapult! All the best – Kevin

      3. debbiejonesalwaysamused

        It’s a terrible shame you didn’t buy the Grandfather clock, Kevin, but you’re right, it would’ve been very awkward to transport m. I think it’s really quite a specialist job to move such gentlemen, and set them up properly, or you risk them becoming temperamental, unfortunately. I hope another comes your way, when the time is right. Have a great weekend, Kevin, all the best.

    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thank you, Robbie. I am delighted to hear that. Of the poems I have written, I must confess that this is also one of my favourite poems, but I’m not sure whether the author of a poem should say such a thing! Best wishes – Kevin


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