Marking Time

“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.”
W.H. Auden

He marks time
on a park bench —
waiting for her
to arrive — refusing
to follow the dove.
Each moment
of their life frozen
like a stopped clock
in his soul,
he marks time.

for the image prompt at The Mag



Filed under Poetry, Poetry - Prompts

15 responses to “Marking Time

  1. Laurie Kolp

    So sad… beautifully written, Mark.

  2. Tess Kincaid

    Refusing to follow the dove…beautiful…

  3. Waiting gives one time to ponder, though, so can be a good thing…

  4. Beautifully sad. Beautifully written.

  5. obsurvative

    Marking time, I wouldn’t have guessed that easily from the title. Nice work

  6. Both the Auden and yours move me incredibly. Thank you for including the film clip.

  7. To have a love that transcends time and death. to wait for your soulmate to cross over. That is what I imagine as I am reading this. Thank you for touching my heart with your words.

  8. One of my absolute favorite poems by W.H. Auden, and a favorite clip – and then your awesome poetry. A trifecta! This is great.

  9. A marking over every tick to keep the memories

  10. Helen Dehner

    Great poetry … ‘stopped clocks in our souls’ packed quite a punch.

  11. hypercryptical

    Sad and beautifully written.

  12. Karen S.

    Ah yes, and I sense she sent a message to him on the wings of that dove.

  13. I have spent some time on that bench.

  14. ds

    Beautiful and sad. Gorgeous poem. Thank you.

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