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As Time Moves On
Stephen Anderson


So you see, time is the thing.
It marches on as does the glut of watch ads
One has to face on Facebook daily.
But I realize I don't really want their wares.
No, I don't want the automatics that wind
And set themselves while I sleep or work out
In the fitness center. I don't want the chronometers,
The quartz movements made in Japan, or the Swiss
Mechanized infinity titanium and sapphire movements.

Just give me a reliable Mickey Mouse Classic
Vintage $44.54 watch —You know, the one with the hour
And minute arms that, well, tell me the time straight away
Without a screen display that befuddles with its super tech gizmos
That only combat jet pilots or Mount Everest climbers might need.
Yeah, give me the simple, functional pieces of wrist ware that will guide
Me through the day so I will know when checkout
Time finally rolls around. To Mickey, I promise to faithfully
And responsibly wind you when you so beckon so that
We are both in the fourth dimension together.

© by Stephen Anderson.
Used with author’s permission.


Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin poet and translator whose award-winning work has appeared in numerous print and online journals and has been featured on the Milwaukee NPR affiliate, WUWM Lake Effect Program. Stephen is the author of three chapbooks and three full length collections, and several of his poems formed the text for a song cycle in The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, a chamber music composition performed by members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. A fourth poetry collection, On the Third Planet from the Sun: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming in the summer of 2024 (Kelsay Books). Stephen’s work is being archived in the Stephen Anderson Collection in the Raynor Libraries at Marquette University.



Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
Watches, like TV sets, can become too complex and fancy!
Posted 01/20/2024 10:48 AM
Funny and so true! I had a Bicentennial Mickey Mouse pocket watch frmo my Dad for many years that filled this purpose nicely. Sadly, one of my boyfriends decided he liked the watch more than he liked me, took the watch, and left. I don't care to see him again, but I miss that watch!
Posted 01/14/2024 08:36 PM
Arlene Gay Levine:
Funny, wise and I love how it ends...
Posted 01/14/2024 01:29 PM
Lori Levy:
I identify with this poem!
Posted 01/14/2024 12:47 PM
michael escoubas:
Posted 01/14/2024 10:42 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Mom at 98 wears her Mickey Mouse watch, one of many, since she was a nurse and needed it for her work.
Posted 01/14/2024 09:46 AM
Cathy’s Sister:
Ill take my Minnie Mouse watch any day over the smart watches! Thanks for the confirmation!
Posted 01/14/2024 09:36 AM
Yeah, those multipurpose things are supposed to make things better, but they mostly just confuse the issue at hand.
Posted 01/14/2024 08:15 AM

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