an old clock
ticking loudly
in an empty room
still tells the time

an old man
turning restless
in a crumpled bed
still knows the time

a nurse coming in
to change the linen
finding the batteries drained
will mark the time

as orderlies enter
to sweep away
the memories
of the long moments lived there.

David E. Cowen
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