Timeless, poetry by Joan McNerney at Spillwords.com



written by: Joan McNerney


They announced it over radio and
there was a bulletin on television.

We must turn our clocks back.
An essential duty for all good citizens.

So many were talking about this
“standard time”. I listened carefully.

Everyone exclaimed we would be
rewarded by an extra hour to our day.

I could hardly sleep with all that
excitement. Wow an extra hour!

What wonderment. ..how much poetry
I could collect and how many fancy adverbs!

The next day weariness besieged me.
That noon I felt heavy of heart.

Did I lose an hour? Taking out my calculator,
it became clear two hours were missing.

Where did they go? Did somebody steal them?
Please return my time immediately or else!

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