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Keeper Of Time

'Time past and time future
 What might have been and what has been  
 Point to one end, which is always present'  
                -T.S. Elliot  
   
   
Keeper of Time for whom the clock winds,  
keeper of all things misaligned,  
   
Keeper of one, two and three,  
times of which are Time's decree.  
   
Striking clock we strain to hear  
stridently to end all fears.  
   
Where is the one whom time keeps still,  
what are such needs you only fill?  
   
Timely, though, you all but know  
rushing not toward Fate's furlough,  
   
Hastening on to keep us near  
this perilous world we hold so dear.  
   
Feverishly, we walk in step  
along to your pace with no regrets  
   
Knowing we can ne'er retreat;  
Time, the decider of all we meet.  
   
Where is the clock that so unwinds  
into our fate to enter blind?  
   
Midi, le soir, le nuit, bonheur,  
you tell us all we need to hear.  
   
They say you keep us all in line,  
they say our allegiance must be a sign  
   
That all we owe to you, our minds,  
Keeper of rhyme, keeper of Time.  
   
         .....  
 
Written by PoetsRevenge
Published | Edited 8th Oct 2020
Author's Note
Audio by SeanAt: https://soundcloud.com/user-163714029/keeper-of-time
Inspired by the riddle of time posed by T.S. Elliot in 'The Four Quartets, Burnt Norton'
Written for the 'Classic Corner Championship, Female Division' comp.
https://www.poeticous.com/t-s-eliot/burnt-norton-from-four-quartets?filter=famous
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