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Grandfather’s Clock @

Grandfather’s Clock

Grandpa surprised us

with a black and white picture

taken at Grandma’s death bed

where her share of time

suddenly stopped at 8:30am.


Grandma died before her time

we didn’t see the color of her eyes

and grandpa could not recall it, either;

he only repeated

her kind and wise words to us.


Grandpa, thin as a stick

had a hesitant smile

smelled of cheap cigarettes

the pomegranate shade in his eyes

and his graceful frown

made him appealing in a strange way


Once in a while

he would mumble 8:30

under his only few teeth

and  sometimes after

the departure of a doleful silence

he would bend and whine

like a wounded dog.


Grandpa, not as cold as we thought,

never rewound the clock

and did not go to sleep before 8:30

or far from the dead clock

during his share of time.

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