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Marking time

when we are in joy
when it’s as if we purr
with a good book and hot coffee
when our longed for break comes
the time subjectively speeds

in moments of displeasure or pain
we watch the second hand tick tick
tick us off
the time subjectively slows

me, I have a conundrum
it is a period of mandatory displeasure and pain
a payment for past purchases of pleasure
and so, I wish for father time
to quicken his pace
and perhaps just touch on the salient points
of this rough patch
but of course, that done,
it brings me only closer
to borrowed time.

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Lee Dunn has been writing since the age of 18, but found that work got in the way for the ensuing 48 years. In his home town of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he reveled in his independence at an early age, and spent as much time as he could exploring the city’s Arts scene. He was introduced to poetry and prose by the works of two literary giants, namely J.R.R. Tolkien and J.W. Lennon and thence fell in love with the written word. His work includes poetry, short fiction, and personal essays, and ranges in theme from the surreal to the horrific, nostalgic, and themes on the human condition. He has been published on Spillwords.com, The Dark Poets Club, Journal of Undiscovered Poets, Crepe & Penn Literary magazine, and the Shelburne Free Press.

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