October 2, 2011
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The seconds inch by slowly

The difference between when I looked up 3 minutes ago

And now is so negligible I wonder

If time has flown backwards.

Each tick of the clock is answered

What seems like years later by a

Cruel, merciless tock in sick rendition

Of the famous child’s game, Marco Polo.

These painful noises

Resound in my ears

Echoing loudly back and forth…

Mocking me.

Time, it seems, has ceased to exist beyond

These penetrating knocks that threaten

To break down walls and unlock

Every dungeon door

Pushing reluctant light into repugnant crevices

Having been trapped behind iron,

These horrible things threaten to flood out of their cages

And poison all that is good.

And yet,

These knocks,

So reviled, so hated

Cease to cease.

Like the slow spread of a bruise

Cheered on by the pulse of blood like war drums.

These endless torments of ticks and tocks

Grow bigger and bigger;

Confining everything else into strong bars

Through which life is blocked

Until all that is left are those

Foul creatures that lurked in prisons

Until released by these knocks…

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock…

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JaneCapelle This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm
This is amazing!!! I love it! You made it like haunting and mysterious and amazing all at the same time! Wonderful job, 5/5! =)
KelliB replied...
Oct. 17, 2013 at 9:55 am
THank you!
thetruthawaits94 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 10, 2012 at 12:10 am
Wow! How did you write about something so simple and make it so ... complicated. In a good way! It seems like this poem means so much more and in depth (that a better way to say it than complicated)! I loved your vocabulary and this was a very interesting piece. The greatest of works of writing seems like it can come from the simplest of things. Good job! Keep it up!
KelliB replied...
Oct. 17, 2013 at 9:55 am
Thank You!
KelliB said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Please comment so I can get some constructive criticism. But even if not, thank you so much for reading!
KelliB said...
Oct. 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm
WOW.. i had forgotten exactly how deep this sounded...maybe i should write about mundane, dumb things more often:)
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