You may “stop all the clocks”
as many times as you wish
and Death will not be impressed.
With Time on his side
Death sneers at the turning of gears,
laughs at swinging pendulums,
yawns bored at chains with weights
and the tick … tock … tick … tock …
is no more than white noise
promising eternal continuance
of Death’s 100% success rate.
She died before her time,
sieved by helplessness.
The rational mind gives poor answers to this mystery
and a truer bigger picture
lies forever in the bottom drawer of consciousness.
Still, undaunted by recalcitrant attitudes
she connects dots of humanity between the lines,
one to one, one to many -
her own mechanism of universal life.
A future glory though, merely holds a space.
Here on Earth it still rankles
and we consider her too-soon death
an impudence, an unjust event,
an abandonment by angels and
even a rank disgrace. #LouiseGlück
The words "Stop all the clocks"
is the opening of W.H Auden's (1907-1973) famous 1938 poem "Funeral Blues", (made more widely known by the 1994 film 'Four Weddings & a Funeral'). It is referenced as Nr.IX in "Twelve Songs", in part:II of his postumous 'Collected Poems' of 1976.