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 Posted: Thu Jan 11th, 2018 08:24 pm
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John Holland

 

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timmy,
"Nothing occurs without a reason". MY first thought on reading this was that it's simply not true. Then I have to ask myself, So why does the writer use it?
This act of trying to get inside someone else's mind is central to reading, of course. Not to say one should insist on literal truth; I often read a random page of Hegel for inspiration without knowing what the f... he's talking about. I will say (for me) nothing in the rest of the poem clarifies this first line, though the images continue to haunt me: "the look you gave me...", the words that "never come out".
The last stanza haunts too: its terrible simplicity and finality. It reminded me of another last line and I sat here for half an hour while memory drifted in and out. Then I had it: When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.
So, timmy, lovely poem. Can you tell me why the first line, please? And what is meant by "a clock into blue times"? I'll also accept your admonishing me: No, that's why the poem haunts you.