Lora Colon

(26 September 1944 / Missouri - United States)

The Clock


The night comes on, so dark and cold,
And right on cue, here comes the fear;
What will I do when the clock strikes twelve...
When it's midnight, and you're not here

Every night the same scene unfolds,
It starts and it ends with a tear;
The starless canopy of black and gray,
Descending..... and you're not here

I pray again, but does God not know
Into my heart He's thrust a spear?
How many candles before He sees
That it's midnight, and you're not here

But the fountain of mercy does not flow,
Bitter is my cup of cheer;
I draw the drapes, here comes the storm,
It's midnight, and you're not here

Not a thousand stars falling to earth,
Nor the moon whispering in my ear,
Nothing will alleviate the pain
When it's midnight and you're not here

Listen to the message of the clock,
Trying to provoke more tears;
The rhythmic ticking tells me that you're
Not here..... not here..... not here.....

Submitted: Saturday, January 04, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, January 07, 2014

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  • Bri Edwards (2/8/2014 7:46:00 PM)

    COOL poem, though you may not like that description of it. i looked at some of the titles in your poem list and i was about to give up finding one which attracted me. then i saw the clock and decided to give it a chance. i'm glad i did. very smooth. and i liked the rhyming, and especially how you moved you're from it usual stanza-location in the last stanza. and the repetition of not here served very well to emphasis the narrator's disappointment. maybe a change of gods is in order? ? ? ?
    my favorite lines:

    I pray again, but does God not know
    Into my heart He's thrust a spear? ..................and not just because i'm an agnostic!

    and the clock 'provoking' more tears............is great. this has to go with MyPoemLIst and i wish i had a MyMostFavoritePoemsList to put it into. thanks for shariing. time allowing, i'll look at another. bri :) (Report) Reply

  • Ed Nigma (1/12/2014 12:26:00 AM)

    Sounds like god needs to bless you with a time machine =) All joking aside though this was a really great poem. How bitter time can sometimes taste and other times taste like a slice of heaven. (Report) Reply

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