Clock-Struck

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photo by Charley

 

“In this world of dreams don’t let the clock cut up your life in pieces.” — Jim Harrison

I

The cardinals who set up housekeeping

in our live oak — the one on the left —

woke me singing the sun up today.

II

Little Bear woke up the women

of the camp singing the sun up.

For his efforts he was given the chore

of bringing water to each family.

III

Life soars on sacred wings

high above the dreams at which we labor

in spirals not segmented by the sun;

the sun is not disjointed as it passes.

The moon of madness slices with time.

That is why we howl at her in pain.

IV

The mockingbird sings sunset on the lamp.

He is not on the clock; he sings dreams

and chases the hawk of time

far from his brooding nest.

This is part of “28 Days of Unreason” back in 2016
based on prompts taken from poems by Jim Harrison.
Jilly had offered the challenge and I bit like a lake trout!
I’m posting it tonight for dVerse Poets Pub Open Link.

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28 thoughts on “Clock-Struck

  1. A year and some change later, I still love #3 – the howling in pain is vivid. Of course, the mockingbird brings this back full cirlce to sunset, and so we measure our ‘time’ by the rotation of the Earth, rather than the clock.

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    • Thank you! I really have enjoyed both times I’ve written using Jim Harrison quotes as prompts. He leads the mind into far away and strange places! Glad you came along.

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  2. As others, lots of wild wonderful imagery here – the mockingbird ‘not on the clock’ – is a fine turn – and ‘Life soars on sacred wings…in spirals not segmented by the sun’ – is another. As I’m reading this, outside a squadron of pelicans are spiralling up into the blue on the afternoon thermals – I think they’d agree.

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  3. We don’t get cardinals over here, so I had to go to the world wide web to find a recording and they sound tropical, like big, fat drops of dew or early morning rain! Telling the time by birds is wonderful, especially:
    ‘The mockingbird sings sunset on the lamp.
    He is not on the clock; he sings dreams
    and chases the hawk of time
    far from his brooding nest’.

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    • Cardinals actually hold the record for being the state bird of more states than any other (bird). They are almost a feathered weed. They have several songs. The absolute best time to see them is in the winter… perched alongside a Blue Jay. Of course, that would mean going somewhere where winter happens… and that’s just not going to happen. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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