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It was an orrery day in Suttonford.
Carrie stirred her coffee and griped,
Everything is basically okay between Gyles and myself, but you know…
What? I asked.
Well, our relationship just ticks over…
..hmmm. But you wouldn’t want to sense alarm bells?
No, I suppose not. I mean, I wouldn’t want a ticking bomb!
Precisely. Maybe even clocks become out of synch with each
other, I mused. They don’t always chime at the same moment.
Listen, I’ll cheer you up with a poem.
So, I took this one out of my notebook:
A CLOCKWORK AFFAIR
The alarm rang. I finally awoke.
He who had admired my hourglass figure
could never analyse what made me tick;
was unsympathetic to my moon phase.
(His mood swings were like a pendulum.)
Yet, curiously, he never lost face.
Sometimes he seemed like an automaton.
At other times he would look raised daggers.
yet people seemed to bracket us together.
My best friend thought he was rather striking,
but I felt that he was winding me up-
like when he told me he had a pierced cock.
Although he had an open face, duplex
movements were second nature to him.
Now he’s not the mainspring of my life
any more. We’d got into a bezel.
Tempus fugit…it had been a long case;
it was time someone regulated things.
My lack of self-esteem was weight-driven.
He was pushing me nearer to the verge.
I was getting Thursday disease all week,
waiting for him to dial, seeking a crutch.
I should have seen that he was the loser.
Inevitably, I lost my fusee.
Mother said a man should be the hunter
and a girl’s best friend would be her jewels,
but I made my own deadbeat escapement.
Ultimately I ran like the clappers
to avoid horological heartbreak.
Now I don’t have Fecit written on me.