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The Rebound Man

Updated on January 16, 2017

Bouncing Forward

The new year is moving right along

January is a cold month

Not much to do outside

The grass and yard looks bare

Looking at life

As if I was a grandfather clock made of one thousand tiny, delicate parts

There are millions of seconds everything works just fine

Then there are times when minor problems arise

We have to see what is the cause

Maybe a little maintance is required

A good dusting or oil added

As the hours pass

I still charm on que

Reminding people how important every day is

Time being the most precious of all

I look at my world through my shiny glass window

Many people carefully look into my face

Never saying hi or understanding my significance

Maybe they look but don't see

Children and the elderly I love the most

I hear the laughs and the look on a child's face

Sometimes they put their little hands on my fine carved oak base

People who have lived many years

Sit next to me in the big open seat

Enjoying the comfortable, soft leather

Smiling and thinking out loud

You are magnificent

The way you were designed

Larger than life

Bringing time into full focus

As they get up ready to leave

One hand goes up to catch their balance

The other hand holding steady on a walker or a cane

I am not sure but I think they are actually giving me a good bye wave

I have been here a little over half a century

A lot of people I have met over the years have passed

I keep thinking of the memory

The moment where they could be anywhere else

They chose to spend it here

Enjoying beautiful, sweet time


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      24 months ago

      Nellieanna In the past I often felt a competition like a race me against time. Time always seemed to have the upper hand. I thought it was unfair because one hand is bigger than the other. Now I know I have the advantage because my hands can move in all directions where times hands only can go in one direction. Having fun with words and life. I had to cut things short my wife said are you ready ? Thank you and have a good day.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      24 months ago from TEXAS

      We had a grandfather clock when I was growing up. I don't have one now but there are clocks in every room of my house! Some of them have more than one! A lot of them now are atomic clocks which are set automatically and are kept correct from a central clock in Colorado. When we have the time changes in the Spring and Fall, they adjust themselves to the right new time. It's like the clocks in one's computer and cell phone. We never have to adjust them, either.

      My Dad's ancestors came from Switzerland, so I guess a love of clocks and clockworks comes naturally! (And love of cheese. haha!) When I think of how he'd be amazed at these new time-keeping devices!

      Yes, Time is a generous with everyone. It just ticks along and impartially I keeps our days regulated. Imagine how chaotic it would be if we had no clocks! Back when they used sundials to tell time, those things couldn't be put in their pockets (if they had pockets!). They could judge time from where the sun was in the sk during daytime and the stars at night, but on cloudy days and nights, even that was difficult, if not impossible.

      Yet animals and plants know how to anticipate the time and seasons instinctively! Perhaps we would, too, if we trusted our own instincts more.

      I think I have a good relationship with 'my' time. When I'm doing things 'on schedule', I instantly feel better and more 'put-together'. It assures me that the 'tooly' everyday things are being taken care of. Then I like to be spontaneous, too, but to just be unscheduled completely would be horrible. It's like the right-brain/ left-brain balance. To be creative and left-brained, I need to rely more on spontaneous and apply more emotion and openness. To reason and calculate clearly and right-brained, I need to apply more focused thinking and mental order. The two 'brains' are actual hemispheres of our brains and each person has various balances between them and how much each is used in our daily living. Mine leans barely toward the left or emotional side, but the sides are almost equally balanced. I can almost feel it when one side or the other is ‘in charge’. When I apply myself to taxes, for instance, the right brain takes over, though it feels like a blend mostly! haha. When I’m poetic, mostly it’s left-brained. I guess clocks are right-brained! haha!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      24 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee So far this winter hasn't so bad. The sun stays up a little longer each day. Spring coming closer. Thank you for reading and sharing. Looking forward to the time we can go outside without a heavy winter jacket, gloves and a hat.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      24 months ago

      Nellieanna I have always been amazed at the size and beauty of the grandfather clock and I love your story of Big Ben. I can only imagine the joy you experienced. The times like these are memories to be loved and enjoyed forever. Thank you for sharing. Time oh sweet time. How you tick into my life second by second.Even though I feel you are all mine. I look around me and you have given yourself to all mankind. If I hustle or wait. Time ticks on even paced. Have a beautiful day. May your time be used the most efficient , productive and loving way.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      24 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      A wonderful write. I have my own thermometer. It is my cat Sid. He loves to sleep on the corner of a desk next to my PC. When I don't see him there I have to look to the left where there is a table by the radiator. If I see him sleeping in front of the radiator I know it has become colder in the room. Let's hope that groundhog in February announces an early spring.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      24 months ago from TEXAS

      Aw- That's a sweet, poignant message, so heart-felt, Michael. I love clocks. There s something so time-less about a time-keeper.

      A special memory was going up inside Big Ben in London. We climbed all those many steep stairs, and then sat right by that huge big bell which responded to those huge big hands on the faces of the clock in all four directions. It was like nothing else imaginable. I must find the pictures I took during that experience.

      Our host for the England visit was affiliated with the London police, so we got special treatment probably not every tourist gets all around the sites of London. They lived in another small village, so we got out in and about the countryside every day for the month we were there.

      Anyway, the grandfather clock is such a wonderful metaphor. Looking out through its face as though it's your own puts a special perspective into place. Thank you!

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      24 months ago

      ChangingTides2331 Our lives can be viewed many different ways. Appreciating all that we have done and understanding our mistakes makes us a better person. Not seeing that can lead us to problems and disaster. Thank you for reading and caring. Today Donald Trump is sworn in as our 45th president of the United States. The world is changing and together we can try to fix certain problems in the world or we can create more problems. It is always up to the people to lead towards helping others and remembering change takes time. Every time we cause conflict we are working against a solution. History tends to repeat itself and those who learn from their mistakes live a better life. Those who don't will be fighting to the end of time.

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      24 months ago

      Nice way to put time & life into perspective. All the people you've seen while sitting on that big, soft leather chair is a gift. The fact that you chime on que, no matter what problems come up is a testament to your true character. You're mental pat on the back & silently worded, 'job well done' to strangers has touched their souls I'm sure.

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      DREAM ON 

      2 years ago

      Jodah We all get busy and sometimes miss the things that are right under our nose. To find joy in simple pleasures of our day.Thank you for reading and sharing. Time has a way of going so slow when we are bored. When we are having fun time just flies. Have a great night.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Nice work, Dream On. Good to see through the eyes of a grandfather clock.


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