Tick-tock Madman


Tick-tock Madman

That round evil man
with his shallow pretty face
leers from my wall.
Cruelly and incessantly,
he chips away at my life
with his sharp little pick-axe.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

My days mete out
in an endless dribble of
tasks and responsibilities,
and he watches me.
Get up again, do it again,
and again, and again, and again.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

I thought he was my friend
that insidious little man,
Mom said he was!
Just dress for success,
always be on time,
and your life will be right.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

Then one day I woke up,
and my life felt all wrong,
Where are my dreams
you cunning little man?
You stole them while
I toiled to your

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

Oh poacher of hours!
Is there time for me?
Still hope for me?
The Me you took while
I played by the rules,
always obeying time.

Tick-tock, tick-tock.

And that smug little man
with his false pretty face
just stares coldly at me
from his unfeeling wall.
Silent he is, but for
the relentless

Tick-tock, tick-tock.


Tick-tock Madman is an excerpt from Becoming Bigger: Realizations of Self & Humanity. 

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Thank you for reading! ~ Susan


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