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.  
Written by Josh (Joshua Bond)
Published | Edited 18th Jan 2020
Author's Note
Comp entry for "Archaic Fragment", hosted by Ahavati.
Ref Louise Glück's poem "The Drowned Children" which can be found here:
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.
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