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My watch battery dies and I reflect on time
Donna Pflueger

in the chiming of bells from St. Cabrini’s
where the bloom of the Four O’Clock Lily
scents shadows leading to mass.
Time exhales through scheduled trains
that whistle through town and drown
the sighs of weary commuters.
Time endures in the Big Dipper
as it scoops up hours of sky and watches sun
and moon traverse their faithful path.
Time idles behind buttons
on satellite remotes and cowers
in the corner of my computer screen.
Time is the orbit of my neighbor’s drive to work and back,
the flashing band furrowed into my husband’s bristly wrist,
the laughter of children at school day’s end
and the dog’s nightly vigil at his bowl,
his wagging tail
tick-tock ticking
© by Donna Pflueger.
Used with the author’s permission.

Donna Pflueger is a poet living in the high desert of Cottonwood, Arizona, where her inspiration to write occurs by simply stepping outside (although she admits to being easily distracted by her love of dogs and birds!). Having lived in the Midwest and Southwest, she will soon be contemplating where she would like to spend her retirement years. Recently, Donna's poems have appeared at Your Daily Poem, The Healing Muse, and Möbius the Poetry Magazine


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Wilda Morris:
I love the ending of this poem! I'm sitting at a desk where I look up ever so often to see the time on a clock that isn't running. Then I have to look down to the corner of my computer screen where the time "cowers." I love that line, too!
Posted 08/01/2013 10:36 PM
My favorite it the dog tail, too!
Posted 08/01/2013 10:12 PM
Donna Pflueger:
Thank you all for your kind comments and appreciation of this poem.
Posted 08/01/2013 10:10 PM
Janet Leahy:
Great image of the dog's tale counting time, nice ending.
Posted 08/01/2013 07:16 PM
Good work
Posted 08/01/2013 12:28 PM
I love the way she turned an inconvenience into a poem, and a very good poem, too. Nice images.
Posted 08/01/2013 08:26 AM
Ralph Murre:
Excellent work, Donna. Timeless, maybe.
Posted 08/01/2013 08:14 AM

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