Peace Clock

Jane Dougherty issued a butterfly cinquain poetry challenge a while ago. I’m a beat behind, Jane. Here’s my attempt, not quite accurate, since I added one syllable at the beginning and end. Oh well, still a nice shape.

This is in response to the man with the hair and all the hate-filled rhetoric.



And one more now

Nudging the hands nearer

To midnight on the clock of doom.


Remember how to count to ten?

One, two, three, and four–then

Deep breath in and

Out again.




If you’ve never heard of The Doomsday Clock.


15 thoughts on “Peace Clock

  1. You are always up to something clever, Merril. Thank you for the cinquain, the clock image and the link. Now if the man with the 5-letter name would just disappear . . .

    Technopaegnia, the name for poetry with shape, I believe. Great job!

  2. The things I learn by blogging and following others. I had never heard of a cinquain, Just love the nod to the “man with the hair and hate-filled rhetoric”!

  3. Merril … A very eloquent and beautiful poem.

    This person who-shall-not-be-named reminds me of these lines from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” (Act 5, scene 5, 19-28)

    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”

    I only hope that his time on the stage is a very brief one and a saner person emerges to lead us to a more hopeful future. 😉

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