there are so many tictoc

there are so many tictoc
clocks everywhere telling people
what toctic time it is for
tictic instance five toc minutes toc
past six tic

Spring is not regulated and does
not get out of order nor do
its hands a little jerking move
over numbers slowly

we do not
wind it up it has no weights
springs wheels inside of
its slender self no indeed dear
nothing of the kind.

(So,when kiss Spring comes
we’ll kiss each kiss other on kiss the kiss
lips because tic clocks toc don’t make
a toctic difference
to kisskiss you and to
kiss me)

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  1. Romy Rocklin says:

    Time is ubiquitous alright. Each passing season come and go like day and night. But what is important is that when Spring comes we kiss each other.

  2. dan says:

    I feel the sounds add a lot to the message.

    They… add a sense of passage to me.

  3. kmom says:

    Did anybody else realize that if you took out all of the “Tictocs” and “toctics” in the first stanza, it makes much more sense. and also in the last stanza, if you take all of the “kiss’s” it has a very powerful message.

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