On the Never – Never

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caught in No Man's Land
her grandmother clock still ticked
time still pestered

street names shouted loud
in some negotiation
as a car backfired

gifts must be paid for
and four knocks on her back door
never brought good luck

the times that were faced
were ones needing the most time
tick, tick, tick, more tick?

10 thoughts on “On the Never – Never

    1. They always do, Diana. I would think the devil’s interest rates may be on a par with some of the loan sharks operating today. Thanks for taking time to read and leave your thoughts.

  1. I’d never heard of the phrase “getting things on tick”, so I looked it up. Apparently it’s a phrase used in UK. (We Americans are painfully famous for it though.) A thought-provoking warning, especially this time of year. Good one, Davy!

    1. Thanks Alicia. I wasn’t sure when I posted this if the terminology went beyond the UK, so pleased you took time out to look it up. Are there any specific phrases that are used in the USA that describes something similar?

    1. Thanks Priscilla. A reflection on the sharks who used to loiter and haunt many working-class communities in Northen England. I remember them, in my childhood, shifting from door to door.

  2. I hope she doesn’t run out of time. The perils of borrowing. Your poem also reminds of the phrase ‘borrowed time’. I suppose there is no such thing, possibly the unexpected extension of time appears to be borrowed. Time is what it is and it’s not generous or kind. Haha. Thanks for getting the thoughts churning, Davy. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Terveen. I never thought of that connection to borrowed time. Time is probably the greatest gift that can’t be bought with any amount of money. Thank you again for your thoughts.

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