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Time In Hand

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Time In Hand

There's an old man
with a watch in his hand
Laying by a beach where there's grass and no sand
and he yells:

... O lord! whatcha doin' to me!
Aren't the last minutes for free?
Aren't the last minutes for free...

Now old man
with his frown on his back
keeping eyes dry
but his smile on attack
He doesn't move a word
but he says out of line
and his watch just ticking and talking of time

Tick
was it you that held that door
Tock
I don't remember what the seconds are for
Tick
did you find if love was sublime
Tock
old man why you wasting, why you wasting my rhyme

and he yells:

O lord! whatcha doin' to me!
Every moment keeps on passing like the stings of a bee
and the wasp are closing in and there wasting their prime
what sin have I commited to be paying such crime

Listen old man
there ain't a thing you've done
Even spiders weave webs when they have become un-spunned
and with every counting numerical suggestion you just ask for an answer
When you don't even know what question you're after

Now
There's an old man
with a watch in his hand
Laying by a beach where there's grass and no sand
and he yells:

O lord! whatcha doin' to me!
Aren't the last minutes for free?
Aren't the last minutes for free...

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  1. Date: 10/27/2011 9:36:00 AM

    This old man, - I'm 82 - so far, has kept the watch out of his hand by keeping busy playing music and writing poetry. I like your originality. Love, daver

  1. Date: 10/26/2011 3:15:00 PM

    It has a lulling effect on the reader. Nice work. Jessica. Hugs, Vie

  1. Date: 10/26/2011 2:36:00 PM

    Wow! I loved this poem. Thank you for sharing it with us. Tony