The Grandfather Clock

Please click Play to hear the poem recited to an instrumental version of:
Nick Cave’s Red Right Hand

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The Grandfather Clock

It was the tapping of the pane, that rhythmic insistence
that put me on my feet…
leering & giggling, the full moon peeking out from the clouds,
making all sorts of fun of me.

Tooling out my door, on the stroke of midnight,
the clock face, hands straight up to the sky.
I went skipping through the foggy black clouds on the sidewalk, having no idea why.
The tick n tock of the grandfather clock,
hiding in the corner in the shadow of the lock,
made it hard to resist for this girl,
going out for a midnight walk.

I was getting sucked right up in the haunted valley,
of those uncommon airways.
Shivers of wonder, what-am-I doing? started to fill my mind.
I had just woken up and all a sudden, the world was opening… a big fat door;
maybe I got caught up in Life’s persistent thrumming
taking a chance, heading straight out into
some unknown shore.
This could be just a crazy dream,
that thought did cross my mind;
my steps got lighter; when the leaves of the trees
were spinning…
the streets below my feet were solid and drumming,
then I was carried away upwind on a gentle blast incoming.
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Oh, this will be an adventure and a lesson in surrender,

closing my eyes, the swirls painting ahead my way.
Blowing through the corridors, in time to the grandfather clock,
letting it take me along, with no resistance, just getting out of the way.
Torn t-shirts and oh so polite. I met these entities out in the black inked night…
Everyone had an idea about, where everyone else should be.
I was just on a midnight walk,  that wasn’t my idea, just my destiny…
If I was being abducted by aliens…well it seemed all right to me.

Karima Hoisan
June 13th 2022
Costa Rica

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44 Responses to The Grandfather Clock

  1. daleinnis says:

    Woooo! Where did THIS one come from? You’re really on a roll these days. Such an adventure! And the perfect BOOMs of the soundtrack…

    Great words, thoughts, voice and music.

    BOOM!!

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  2. WOOOOTS! So glad you loved this bizarre little random thought..Yes the soundtrack goes right along..One of those poems that just wanted to be alive..I love when they come that way.. Thank you Dale…for this great comment!

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  3. Your spoken word poetry brings your poetry to life Karima.
    So awesome. 👏👏👏👏

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  4. Exhales in deep appreciation…Thank you, Cindy..❤️

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  5. DzinWiz Babii says:

    Absolutely LOVED THIS!!! Brought my genuine smile back and had me shoulder bouncing Big Time, lol. Awesome deliverance Sissy-Poo ((hugs))

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    • Thank you so much Diz…love how much you loved it!! You have injected energy in me, for the whole day..the whole week with this comment.!!
      love you Sissy…you are the bestest!!!

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  6. Excellent hon. Excellent!!!

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  7. Swoons in her divan 🙂 Your words inspire me so. Thank you from the core of my heart❤️

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  8. Navin says:

    Oh my, this is magnificent…the combination of your amazing & deep lines, your beautiful voice & the background music…I felt as if this track was made for your poem…such a fit…loved the flow…”I was just on a midnight walk, that wasn’t my idea, just my destiny”…Karima, you amaze me every single time ✨❤️💫

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    • Hello Dearest Navin…wow such a lovely comment on my grandfather clock. Oddly enough the poem was inspired by the music… I heard it two nights ago, the original and was captured by the music that insistent clock-like beat and declared, if I could find an instrumental..I would write a poem to it..I just loved how it flowed. I say I, but this is really my muse getting inspired by music and then the words just flow out. I had no idea what I would even write..but my muse I guess must have known it was a full moon and as we all know…on a full moon, anything is possible, The important thing was.. you loved it.. I am beaming just like that peeking moon:) Loved your comment Navin…❤️ Thank you for listening🌹

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      • Navin says:

        You’re very welcome, dear Karima…How lovely to know that your muse got inspired by the music & words started flowing through you…that’s the whole beauty when you don’t know what you’re going to write…a clean slate…keep beaming like that peaking moon 💫❤️✨

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  9. Jaya Avendel says:

    I love the depth and rumination of this poetic narrative; especially its lilting rhythm and beautiful imagery!

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    • Thank you Jaya…glad you enjoyed this one..a slight departure from my more serious ones/ I think my muse just wanted to have fun…and there really was a full moon to egg me on last night:) I had lots of fun playing until it felt sort of right:) Thank you for listening!!

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  10. Cool! great vibes…lyrical, musical, groovy, cinematic. Mystical and mysterious.

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  11. Ooooh, I really enjoyed this one! The music added an extra layer of meaning and exhilaration to the poem, and it was all so dream-like. Just lovely! Bravo!

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  12. Ohhh goody Joyce, so glad you did enjoy it/ I had fun writing it and putting it together..I feel it so much more too, when reciting to the music that fits just right.
    i love doing poems like this one live.. I trance into it..if you know what I mean…Thank you for listening in:)

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  13. swadharma9 says:

    i love these lines: “this will be an adventure & a lesson in surrender” & “if i was being abducted by aliens…well it seemed all right to me”🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼
    awesome poem & reading of it, a real trip! so glad you were inspired by the otherworld entities to write such a free-spirited, free-wheeling lark of a poem!🤗🚀🤗

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    • Hi J hehe was hoping you would like this little “free-wheeling” flow. I was the last one to know what my muse was up to, but she picked some good music and then..it all came like an inundation.//./Yes those torn-t-shirt aliens, even surprised me, but they were all in good vibes and so it just seemed right..to keep on getting out of the way and see what was coming. I had so much fun doing this one and now I know it will be part of my Live Show repertory.. Thank you my friend, for floating along..right next to me:)You’re my fellow Space-cadet:) 🎈🤗🦋

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      • swadharma9 says:

        “You’re my fellow Space cadet”: you got that right!🚀💃🏻🚀🤗🎈your reading of it is just trippy & delightful & fun! absolutely love it all!❤️❤️

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  14. menubar says:

    I walked into a spacial distortion portal last week. It was nice, but I still had to go to work the next day. Spaceship fuel is getting expensive and I’m from that dimension where people have to buy stuff with money. It’s weird.

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  15. KK says:

    Oh so beautiful, verses, voice and track all put together, created a magic for your readers/ listeners. I loved the way of your presentation. Well done, Karima, as always 👍💖💐

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    • Wow, thanks so much Kaushal..I feel this one just ran away with me as I was madly trying to journal what was happening:) I blame this all on my muse..who “made” me write such an offbeat poem…but then, she is known to like to mix things up now and then. So glad you really enjoyed what finally came together…Makes me happy you did:) 🦋🌹❤️

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  16. Hauntingly beautiful! I love it, Karima!

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    • Aww thank you Dawn..as I was explaining in a few replies..this poem was my muse’s idea.. but just like my midnight walk..it turned into my destiny/my completed piece of poetry. Thank you so much for loving it…🤗

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  17. This has a nice rhythm to it.

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  18. scottius says:

    Such a vivid scenario you have painted with your words, and can feel that tick tock keep you going on toward whatever fate has in store! A great episode well captured!

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  19. Thank you Oing!! It was a total flight of fancy and alien abduction…brought on by the music.. You have gifted me a few songs over the years that had the same effect on me… Music has always been a powerful source of inspiration for me and my poetry:) Loved your comment 🙂

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  20. Hoyt says:

    Oh Ruca I love and need this right now. You are always in tune with letting destiny and fate take the helm! Thank you Thank you!

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  21. Joey says:

    Yay, what a feat! I love how your muse gets bouncy and mischievous sometimes and you whisk us all away on a wonderful mystery tour… Picture me with a wide silly grin on my face ❤

    Hugss, Joey

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    • You know my muse well Joey hehe… and she has her moments when she drags me out at midnight when I least expect it..I loved the music so..how could I not write a poem to go along with it/ So glad you think it all came together and I love that image of you with our wide silly grin. Maan, if we had Nat., this would be a video for sure in black and white and amazing and you would be in it with that big grin!!❤️

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  22. suzannemoomintoog says:

    Oh Kari! How absolutely enchanting – wow, just wow!!! And love the music. Kudos!!!!! I could see your feet walking and dancing into the unknown. Take me with you next time!

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    • Wow Sissie , a comment from you is priceless for me!! This crazy piece gave birth to itself..The music spawned the poem, which so often happens to me:) You can come along anytime Sis…let’s get abducted together!!! ❤️🤗🌹🦋

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