“Just Me and the Clock” by Dawn Pisturino

Long hours of night creep slowly by.
Tick. . . Tick. . . Tick. . . Tick. . .
The clock clangs one.
I am utterly alone.
Just me and the clock.
Tock. . . Tock. . . Tock. . . Tock. . .
My cares all ceased with the setting sun,
But that clock keeps screaming in my ears.
All I crave is peace
And silence:
No ticking time bomb exploding in my head.
I don’t care about the passing hours.
Darkness brings a halt to all activity,
Calms my rattled nerves, soothes my racing heart,
Eases the tension of body and soul.
My brain longs to sleep,
Escape the daylight nightmare,
Roam through the corridors and landscapes of dreams
Fashioned from the fabric of my own imagination.
The rich silk of slumber evades me,
And my mind grows weary of the hypnotic beating
Of the hours in my head.
The clock clangs two,
And I’m finally through
With the savage sound in my ear.
I pick up the clock and hurl it at the wall,
Cursing as it bursts into broken pieces
Of wood and metal springs and batteries
Falling to the floor.
It can wait until morning
And the sun’s rays glaring through the window.

Copyright © 2023  Dawn Pisturino
All Rights Reserved

Dawn Pisturino is a retired nurse in Arizona whose publishing credits include poems, limericks, short stories, and articles. Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies, most recently in Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, and the 2023 Arizona Literary Magazine. A monthly contributor for Gobblers & Masticadores and MasticadoresUSA, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Arizona Authors Association.

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  1. Yes! I’ve wanted to do that SO many times. Send that stupid alarm clock sailing through the air.

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    1. My husband never turns off his alarm clock, and it makes me so mad!

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  2. Thank you, Barbara, for publishing my poem. It’s live now on my blog with a link to MasticadoresUSA.

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  3. michnavs dice:

    I could hear the clock ticking…your words said it clearly and perfectly.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate it!

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  4. A totally visual as well as literary experience it was to read your poem Dawn. A powerful piece and lovely for sure.

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    1. Thank you, Francisco. You are always so kind!

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      1. You’re welcome Dawn!

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  5. Meelosmom dice:

    Dawn, it’s our pleasure to feature your poetry! I can so relate to this one about insomnia! Your imagery is wonderful!

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  6. jonicaggiano dice:

    Dawn what a lovely piece, although it did remind me of many who have trouble sleeping and lots of reasons as to why. The metaphors and the details were just beautifully written. Congratulations on this lovely piece. BRAVO!

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        You are so very welcome. You are a joy to read. 🦋🌹

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      2. I appreciate that very much, Joni!

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  7. Layla Todd dice:

    Loving the action in this poem and how it evokes quickly relatable emotion! ❤

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Ned!

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  8. tallisman dice:

    Poor clock! Great poem though!

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  9. Fantastic write, Dawn. Those first few lines set it up perfectly and pulled me in like a magnet! Brilliant writing all the way through. And by two o clock I’d have done the same to that clock! 🙂

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  10. Shalini Kathuria Narang dice:

    Lovely writing and words as pictures can be seen in the mind’s eye. 🙂 happy sleeping 😴

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    1. Thank you! Same to you!

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  11. Smitha V dice:

    Beautifully written… I heard the clock tick…ever minute like an hour… how long each moment feels in the dark… when everybody else is asleep but you.

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  12. Ingrid dice:

    An atmospheric piece, Dawn!

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  13. SelmaMartin dice:

    How brilliant. Time ticking is vexing. Your thoughts found a home in me. Thanks for sharing them, Dawn. Xoxo.

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  14. Myriam dice:

    Splendid, I know insomnia all too well, an old friend by now and all mean 💌🙏

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  15. Jeff Flesch dice:

    Ah, I’ve been here before. What an awesome poem, Dawn!

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  16. I am fortunate not to suffer from insomnia. I can image how it feels from this descriptive poem.

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