Incessant short poem

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There is a clock that ticks
At never closer than
Eighteen minutes to six
Of course I would never use a rhyme
In a poem about time
But there is this tick
Just gone twenty to six
Which ticks
It ticks
Never moving on
Just flicking back and forth
Eighteen minutes before six
The time, the time
It ticks
What is the significance
You may ask
Of the tock ticking dance
For it does both tick and tock
Whether I look or whether I
Ticking never reaching eighteen minutes to six
Was it the moment my marriage fell apart
Though that was a much more gradual art
Or when my parents died in a road accident
Now that is a fictional dissemblance
Right down to the non-siren screeching of the ambulance
Never six
Incessant, callous, engeriant
(some obscure google-found avatar)
Birdcages were once a cure for madness
Bedlam, click
Clicking on the real click-hicking, spool, see a ghoul, click
Never closer than
Eighteen minutes to six
Never closer

This poem is part of the Poetry Book Keep On Keepin’ On

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Trevor Maynard (1963) was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. He is the editor of The Poetic Bond series including THE POETIC BOND, THE POETIC BOND II, THE POETIC BOND III and THE POETIC BOND IV. Trevor's new poetry collection KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON is now available. He read Theatre Studies and Dramatic Art at Royal Holloway College and has worked for ten years in the theater, writing, directing and producing. Trevor is married to Jo and has four kids, six grandchildren, as well as a cat. Other works include FOUR TRUTHS (2010), a collection of four one act plays, and two single plays, GLASS and FROM PILLOW TO POST.
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A beautiful ode to the flow and mystery of the all-powerful entity of time!