PICKINGS

Poetry from NHI publications



LIMBO TIME
two-thirty in the morning
i am wakened by my wife
with "do you want a cup of tea?"
a rhetorical question
it is already made.
we sit in bed supping the welcome brew
"the clocks go back,
we can have an extra hour in bed"
mentally i count them,
bedside, microwave, video,
computer, grandfather —
a bakerís dozen or more
it will take me at least an hour
to adjust them all
it is two fifty in the morning
or is it only ten to two?
we are living in limbo time
have we lived an hour twice
or did time stand really still?
i turn the pillows over
and try again to sleep.
GERALD ENGLAND
from
Limbo Time
ISBN 0 903610 21 3

Next poem
Previous poem

Pickings
NHI home page
Books
Magazines


Web design by Gerald England
This page last updated: 24th November 2005.