Cuckoo Clock

Cuckoo clock with shifting eyes 

Counts the minutes with deep, heavy sighs

Stuck upon the wall all day

His hands committed to work–no play

Watching life around him fly

He ticks each tock so we rely

If he should lag just for a minute

Intolerance will be his penance

Wishful thinking is all he can do

His two-week vacation’s long overdue

Cuckoo bird popping in and out

Makes him want to scream and shout

No one notices his increasing unease

He might as well be a block of cheese

Just take me out, just for a day

And let me smell a sweet bouquet

I’ll keep my word, I’ll keep the chime

If only I could work part-time

My entry for Monday Morning Writing Prompt:  Personification

http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/06/05/monday-morning-writing-prompt-personification/

 

 


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  1. Good advice. Work and no play is never a good thing.

    A clock has no mouth, but sometimes it becomes the loudest thing that we sometimes “listen” to.

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    • Poor thing.

      That’s true. Sometimes that’s all we’re tuned into–the clock and what time it is.

      Thanks, Apollorose.

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  2. jgavinallan

     /  June 5, 2011

    Gayle:

    My alarm clock works part-time lol…or that’s what my boss says…
    Lovely words and so full of emotion.
    I love this
    Jaye
    xoxo

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  3. What a fun idea–a cuckoo clock. Must be a tiring occupation. Thanks for linking, Gayle. Have a good week.

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  4. ALIVE aLwaYs

     /  June 5, 2011

    hehe, there’s no breaking free from those boundaries.
    It’s wonderful, no bird wishes to be captured but who would have thought it wishes to make a deal.
    Nice going!

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    • Thanks so much. And thank you too for being the inspiration for this week’s prompt. It was really fun and your poem was just beautiful–very insightful.

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  5. Ironic, isn’t it ???

    We rely so much on time and yet, I think, like the clock we wish we could be free of it. Very cute and humorous description of how hard a clock works … !!!
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    Way to go , Gayle. ~~~~ : – )

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    • Yes, we so often wish we could be free of the constraints of time. So true, Izzy.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this today–thanks so much. xoxo

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  6. Hi Gayle, I don;t know your e-mail that’s why I’m writing here, I’d love to interview you for meet the poet on Wednesday at Jingle poetry, if you like the idea please send me an e-mail to brokensparkles@hotmail.com and we’ll take it from there. Happy days! Blaga

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  7. Tino

     /  June 6, 2011

    A part time cuckoo clock, now theres a novelty.

    A fun piece that I enjoyed and it got a big grin out of me as well 😉

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    • Haha–wouldn’t quite work out would it–part time-clock. I’m so glad you enjoyed this, Tino–thank you.

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  8. Cute with morning coffee.

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  9. This is so absolutely charming, Gayle. Very clever. Every bight. Thanks for evening smile.

    Jamie

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  10. if they had a soul i am sure they would have thought just like this. lovely.

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  11. love this one,

    your poem reminds me of

    cuckoo sound, which is lovely to hear.
    there are things in life that keep us young and puzzled for their special existence.
    Happy Rally.

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    • Thank you, Jingle! One of my mother’s best friends had a cuckoo clock and I was so enamored with that thing when I was a little girl. I was thrilled when that bird would pop out!

      Happy Rally! xoxo

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  12. Ha, I enjoyed ths. Reminded of my grandmothers big clock in Prague. Enjoyed much.

    http://henryclemmonspoet.blogspot.com/2011/06/just-man-recording-is-above.html

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  13. awww this is very cute lovely flow and good advice. I had a cuckoo clock from a trip I took to Switzerland and they are very charming but quite annoying lol

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    • Thanks so much–I’m glad you like my cuckoo poem. I can imagine that it would get a bit tiresome listening to that “cuckooing” every day! Hehe…

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  14. What a great rendition in poetry of how we all feel about responsibility now and again. I loved this! Thanks for sharing it!

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  15. I once had a clock like this and I agree the cukoo worked very hard, in and out of his shelter every 15 minutes. It used to ge demented at 12 o clock. I was glad to sell it… it drove me mad.

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  16. Love the rhyme! Poor clock… Sadly, I can’t do anything for it – I don’t have one ;P

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  17. nice advice gayle.. here is my cute tune on nature

    Someone is Special

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  18. very amusing little poem.

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  19. A.B. Thomas

     /  June 18, 2011

    Sigh, if only….Fantastic write!

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  20. if only …man me too 🙂 very nice

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  21. A lovely little poem here. I loved the rhyme scheme, it’s just a shame you lost it on “minute” and “penance”. Very clever personification of an overworked, undervalued object. I really enjoyed it. Bought a smile to my eye.
    The Lonely Recluse.

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  22. *smile* Never even thought about a cuckoo in the cuckoo clock this way! Thanks for giving me a new perspective!

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    • I wrote this for Victoria’s prompt of writing personification. This is what I came up with.

      It was a new perspective for me too! Thanks for coming by and enjoying.

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  23. Its true
    Lovely poem

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  24. I’d like for the cuckoo to work part-time, too! Nice job!

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  25. A really lovely and cute piece. 🙂
    I loathe clocks and the restraints they represent but I do love the older clocks and their rhythmic ticking. A constant companion of sorts through the movments of days.
    I like your stepping into the perspective of an everyday object, reminds one to be grateful for the tools in our life that work with no complaint. 🙂
    Thankyou for the smile. 🙂

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    • There’s something soothing about hearing that quiet ticking isn’t there?

      I’m happy you enjoyed this and had a smile–thank you. 🙂

      Gayle

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  26. Enjoyed your poem immensely, great fun 🙂

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  27. ZQ

     /  June 22, 2011

    I work part-time after retiring …after my “Chimes”… my tail feathers shot off ( and when you are made of wood), it doesn’t “tour” as it should. But, I am as “Cuckoo ” as lfe can can be. Is this 2012? Just kidding. That was wondwerful, that you were able to think about it. Bravo!

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    • Well your cute response here was very entertaining! Glad you enjoyed my personification of a cuckoo clock–thank you.

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  28. I felt very sorry for the poor cuckoo clock, but I’ll be optimistic and think that he got that vacation:)
    Enjoyed reading it tremendously.

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  29. Nice to meet you. I have read your cuckoo story and watched the videos that you posted. I’m glad you finally got your cuckoo clock–they are very cool!

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  30. Thanks for linking my poem to your site–I appreciate that. Sorry for the delay in my response to you–I’ve just come back from a week’s vacation.

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