Treasure Island

JoJo Bean


Grandfather Clock


The old grandfather clock stood in the hall
It kept time for us all
Through winter, spring, summer, fall

When I was young I would say
The big hand is on five today
and that's how I told time that way

As I progressed in age
Time was read in the correct usage
And time became more of a gauge

Time to go to school and learn
Time to work for what you earn
Time to leave no stone unturned

Time for weddings dresses worn
Time for children to be born
Time for graduation gowns adorned

Time for me, time for you
Time to see things through
Time for living and dieing too

The old grandfather clock still keeps time
Counting the hours that life is prime
So make the most or be left behind

Submitted: Thursday, June 07, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, March 09, 2011

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  • Marci Made (6/9/2007 4:52:00 PM)

    Oh how I love this poem and all that's in it. I have my parents Grandfather Clock that was in their foyer and is now in my front hall and it brings back happy and sad memories..It can be set to three different chimes [my favorite is Westminster] and chimes every 15 minutes than on the hour strikes the hr. that it is...It moves it's beautiful brass moon face on top to the cycle of the real moon...Once a week as I turn the key and wind up three big brass chimes it gives me pause. It's an old and beautiful piece to me which has to be serviced yearly. A clock man actually takes it all apart and brings the pieces off and does the tune up than brings them back and puts it all back together. A miracle to me how it's done and apparently becoming a lost art for with each move it is most difficult to find a person who does such...The time you speak of in here brings me back to many times that centered around in the main foyer where this jewel made its presence known. Thank you for this beautiful poem...marci.xo (Report) Reply

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