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Passing Time

01.31.10 Posted in today's words by

Buttaci is an obsessive-compulsive writer who plies his craft many
hours a day. His writings have appeared widely in publications that
The New York Times, USA Today, The Writer, Cats Magazine, and Christian Science Monitor. He was the recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award in 2007. His collection of short stories, Flashing My Shorts, has just been released (All Things That Matter Press).
Salvatore lives with his wife in West Virginia. His poem today
addresses a quandary we seem stuck with: how to make the clock stop.

Passing Time
By Salvatore Buttaci

he thought destroying clocks
could somehow take his mind
away from passing time
that he’d succeed in living life
entirely in the moment
without the tick-tock reminder
that nothing in life remains
not even life itself

so when he lay dying
the rhythm of his failing heart
reminded him how long
he had stopped wearing
the Bulova wristwatch
his long-gone granddad
gave him when he was twelve

4 Responses to “Passing Time”

  1. Marcia J. Roessler says:

    Passing Time blew me away. It is one of the most creative works I have ever experienced as well as touched my heart

  2. Jessie Carty says:

    love the way this captures a moment and an emotion. well done :)

  3. bobbie troy says:

    I love short verse that packs a punch, and this is it. Awesome.

  4. Sal, this brings back memories of when my grandfather gave me a Bulova. Nice job. Would you really want time to stop?