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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: the winding of time
By Jim McWhinnie
11/20/12


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the winding of time:
upon holding the watch of an old man now departed


keeping watch,
you know, life was once measured
by keeping watch.
each and every morning,
the old manís hands
would wind up another day of time,
turn, turn, turn, until the stem turned no more,
twenty-four hours,
maybe a little more,
was all kept by this winding of an old manís hand,
nowadays,
old men no longer need to wind their watches,
the watch just goes,
paying no mind to the old manís hands,
the watch merely living along on its own,
on and on,
day after day,
keeping us on time, on its own pace of time,
the kind of time that has no need for us.
it used to be that when the old man died,
the watch died with him,
and they slept in the place that exists between the tick and the tock,
the days of forever,
where time is no more,
but now,
the old man dies and the clock keeps ticking,
and ticking,
for it has no more need for the old manís hands.


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Margaret Kearley 11/22/12
I love this wonderful poem and its reminder of the past - I had almost forgotten the winding of clocks and watches! Really beautiful to read.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/23/12
Wow. This is a powerful piece. There is such a strong undercurrent in this that makes the reader pause and think. Excellent writing.
Bea Edwards 11/25/12
Deeply insightful and a pleasure to ponder!
Noel Mitaxa 11/25/12
A wonderful mix of pensiveness, nostalgia and challenge - all so simply expressed.
Ellen Carr 11/26/12
This is a really touching poem which is thought-provoking. The watch could be a symbol of other things of the 21st century. Well-written. Thank you.
Loren T. Lowery11/26/12
The last two lines speak volumes and if considered aptly is equally profound. You did a wonderful job presenting this.
Myrna Noyes11/26/12
What a wonderfully-written, thought-provoking piece!

I especially loved this part: "it used to be that when the old man died,
the watch died with him,
and they slept in the place that exists between the tick and the tock,
the days of forever,
where time is no more,"

Excellent job! :)
Beth LaBuff 11/27/12
This exquisite free verse poem pulls on the heartstrings. Wow, amazing writing.