THE TREE CLOCK

by Alex Valente

Original Italian by Vivian Lamarque (1946-), ‘l’orologio degli alberi’

You were always really
early for any appointment, made
the whole world seem,
late, the world felt bad,
it said sorry. In your street now
I feel like everyone walks
a little slower and they’ve even
taken down the clock, the one
under the tree, they noticed
that no one looked at it
any more, even less so the tree,
they already know the time
since birth, exact without looking.

Featured image: Vivian Lamarque via Wall Street International

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