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Spring Ahead
Judi Brown


I circumnavigate the house
hoping I don't forget any of the dozens of clocks I have somehow acquired.

They are ubiquitous
on the stove, microwave, coffeemaker, radio, 
TV and VCR.

I always forget at least one
usually the one in the car, which flips me out when I am rushing for the train.

But what really get me is this:

how can you lose an hour?
I mean, seriously,
where does it go?

I imagine it sitting in a green room somewhere
waiting to be called back into service in October, or is it November?
I can never remember.

Anyway—there it sits—bored, lonely,
reading Huxley's Time Must Have a Stop
or Jack Finney's Time and Again
or watching The Hours with Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep.

You shut the door behind it, saying,
"Thank you for your services.  We will call you when we need you."

"You will miss me,"
our little hour grumbles to no one in particular.
"Wait until your project is due and, with a just a little more time, you could finish it.”

Or until you are holding your sweetheart—dreading the call to board the flight that will take her
away for months and maybe forever.

This hour—every hour—is precious
and we only get so many.


© by Judi Brown.
Used with the author’s permission.





Judi Brown wrote her first poem in 2008; she says "they have been flowing through me" ever since, and she keeps paper and pen handy so she can capture whatever, whenever it comes. Judi describes her day job  as "immensely rewarding;" she raises funds to support causes that are meaningful to her and which help to repair and improve the world. Judi enjoys walking in the woods and laughing with family and friends.





Post New Comment:
Just lovely, thanks.
Posted 03/12/2017 04:35 PM
Now, that's fun! Fun, yet deep. Well done.
Posted 03/12/2017 01:37 PM
Clever ruminations on time and loss delivered with just the right blend of humor and pathos.
Posted 03/12/2017 08:19 AM
Jean :D:
Oh, this is great. I'll bet most everyone can relate to this one, so true! (Shhh, I confess I don't grieve its leaving)
Posted 03/12/2017 06:21 AM
I liked this so much. The more you read it the better it gets!
Posted 03/12/2017 06:18 AM

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