Time Keeper

Time Keeper

A Poem by Lucy Hatfield

a poem about the keeper of time's passage.


In our bedroom

A clock goes tick-tocking

Moon faced over the rise

Of my peeled lids.

The black Parkinson's palm

Wipes away time

In a needle legged ballet.


The clock, which sees all things,

Clicks in Morse code with black cupid lips,

Stops time from stopping,

Keeps space from folding in.


I watch the clock watch as space flows,

Thread in hand, between us,

Plum-picking moments

To hoard behind it’s glossy shield.


It’s almost as if the clock

Weaves these images of life for us;

The great scream match showdowns,

The continuum of love making,

The cascading giggles of peekaboo.


Yet that clock,

That centrifugal force of life,

That screened porch center,

The dram catcher of time,

Is not time.

It simply holds the time kept universe together

So that time can watch me sleeplessly pine

For more time to give

Before I stop keeping time.

© 2013 Lucy Hatfield

Author's Note

Lucy Hatfield
is this poem easy to understand? how does this poem work/ not work for you? does anything jump out to you as not belonging?

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I think your poems are delicious and lovely!

Posted 10 Years Ago

Lucy Hatfield

10 Years Ago

...thank you!!!
What I got from this, though I may be way off, is that our lives are based around time and not time based around us, life and time will go on when we pass, our time can run out but the clock will never run out of time.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Portrays the difficulties of passing time- especially like the last four verses. An internal struggle as well as one with the universe, maybe? Tell me, what was the running theme for you when writing this? Very deep!!

Posted 10 Years Ago

Lucy Hatfield

10 Years Ago

Thank you very much. I have a very difficult time (no pun intended) with the passage of time. When I.. read more
Mary E Green

10 Years Ago

So my perception was right - it is a struggle for you - letting the time pass w/out a fight :) It ma.. read more

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Added on February 18, 2013
Last Updated on March 5, 2013
Tags: time, free form, imagry, clock, family, sadness, death


Lucy Hatfield
Lucy Hatfield

Greenville, SC

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