Fall/Winter 2016

Carl Sennhenn


    The large clock
on the wall before my desk
white face  black numerals
heavy dark hands
proud office timekeeper
especially vocal this morning
tick-tocks seconds to minutes
then hours to days to weeks
and so on to years then decades
I shall not see and beyond to centuries
if not eons
    No matter   there’s no time now
for philosophy or speculation
no time to lament loss
opportunities slipped away
in a moment’s hesitation
tides waiting for no man
skipped out to sea
     This moment---the crux
the crucible of body and its spirit
the crisscrossing of man with  hours
reminds me  except for pen
these hands are empty
and I who might despair
choose instead to laugh
and then finally to declare
as dying Grandfather did
Time is my only
                   companion these days


Semi-retired English professor and former Oklahoma Poet Laureate, Carl Sennhenn was awarded the Oklahoma Center for the Book poetry award for Travels Through Enchanted Woods (2006) and Nocturnes, and Sometimes Even I (2013). For the past thirty years he has hosted monthly poetry readings in Norman first at the Firehouse Art Center and now at The Depot.



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