That Old Clock and the Old Lady and the Old Clock

The frame had a small dent,
the number four rested against six

after that old clock
on the kitchen wall

crashed onto the
marble counter top

because I opened
the cabinet door

too forcefully …

That old clock still ticked
so I rehung it

until I could find
a replacement

when a voice said,
‘’Get rid of it!’’ …

That beautiful old clock
is now a piece of detritus

keeping perfect time
at the bottom of

one of those large, green
Waste Management bins …

Like an old lady confined
to a nursing home,

its time had come
and then …

it’s time was
wasted …