sylvia spencer

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A Conscientious Clock - Poem by sylvia spencer

He sits on the mantelpiece all fat and round
striking on the hour to a chiming sound.
With roman numerals and an antiquated face
ticking all day long at the same natural pace.
Striking at midnight to tell you a new day has begun;
then again every hour till the day is done.
It has a door at the back that's not very wide;
where a pendulum swings from side to side.
All it's works are packed neatly away,
so it can give you the right time of day.
It has a glass door that proctects it's face;
all packed up in a nice mahogany case.
It has a shine on it's woodwork that gleams like glass
and four little feet made of solid brass.
This conscientious clock will work all week long;
Providing it's wound up and doesn't go wrong
It has never been mended or had a spare part
and we have never had to shake it, to make it start.
This old clock, I knew was worth a mention
because it's sixty years old and time to draw a pension.

Comments about A Conscientious Clock by sylvia spencer

  • (11/27/2006 5:10:00 AM)

    What a charming poem about an obviously well-loved clock. Beautifully detailed description 'all fat and round' and the last line a sheer delight. love this one. Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

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  • (11/16/2006 2:08:00 PM)

    Very well done.

    So much of the common place is just waiting for the right poet to contemplate it.

    Mac Wilkey
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  • Ernestine Northover (6/6/2006 3:41:00 PM)

    Delightful read, Sylvia, and perfect in every way. Love Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Deanna More (5/23/2006 9:11:00 PM)

    Oh, you sing the praises of old Mr. 'tick tock! '- very well.
    Great title for a very enjoyable poem!

    Sylvia, you are certainly gifted with a Poetic Eye and an abundance of Divine Talent to be able to capture what you SEE onto a paper canvass.

    You do...Poetically Impress!

    Deanna xx
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  • Brian Dorn (4/23/2006 1:17:00 PM)

    A rhyme with a chime! ! Beautifully done with a cute ending!
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  • (4/21/2006 7:27:00 PM)

    Sylvia, I still find time for rhyme. This piece floats so woderfuly withough any trace of forcing the style. The subjectis unique and you treat it with a humourous eye. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2006 3:08:00 PM)

    This is a recipe for one of the most delicious poems I have ever read, So nostalgic and comforting, Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2006 3:08:00 PM)

    What a warm and charming tribute to a grand old clock. The sound of a ticking clock has always given me a very contented and secure feeling.10 for this one.

    Love, Sandra
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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 21, 2006

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