Keeping Time

Keeping Time

They don’t sell it in Poundland
or even knock-offs on the market
that might hold out for a bit,
even if not quite as good
or stretchy as the real thing.

Either that
or there’s just too damned much.
Huge overwhelming nights
of the stuff can’t be hacked
into bite-size portions,
vacuum sealed
in Tupperware for the freezer.
To be brought out midweek
when there’s not enough
and everyone’s too tired
and really in need
of so much more.

It doesn’t keep.
Even when it’s fresh,
you can’t give it away.
And it won’t be stolen
or turned back.
When we fiddle with clocks
it scorns us: we’ve had it,
our allotted free minutes.
We can’t cheat.

They don’t sell it in Poundland.
True. But I don’t think it can be
ordered in, even at Harrods.

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2 responses to “Keeping Time

  1. - When we fiddle with clocks
    it scorns us: we’ve had it,
    our allotted free minutes. -

    how true!

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