Competition Shortlist – Poetry: ‘The Horologist’s Son’ by Jenna Meade

Creative WorksThis week we have the first piece from our Poetry Shortlist from our 2015 Creative Writing Competition, ‘The Horologist’s Son’ by Jenna Meade.

We loved this piece for its use of language and image to characterize the relationship which is at its heart. 

Our judge found it to be “a tender and moving poem, which explores time and a personal narrative beautifully,” and she loved the idea of a ‘Horologist’s Son’ “fixing – mending a person, the metaphorical and physical clock in this poem. A very gentle yet powerful poem.” 

The Horologist’s Son

If you were a clock
you could mend
with disks, gears and prongs
So easily clicked into your belly
Less invasive and seldom
than what you take now.

Hold you in my palm,
gently unscrew your silver back
Grease your rusted insides
till they loosen,
fall, bounce,
roll out like drunken frogs.

Dust and swab each piece,
layer them,
swivel till they assemble

I would have done this long ago,
were you a clock
But then the past would rearrange,
and we would not be
what we’ve come to know
as normal.

Time is precious
I think you count,
though you shouldn’t
But who am I to give advice,
someone who pretends
to fix clocks.

About the Author

JennaJenna Meade is an Irish creative writing MA student in Kingston University. She writes fictional prose, plays, and poetry. Jenna previously gained a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from University College Dublin – this has inspired her love for architecture, design and photography, which translates into her fictional writing. She currently writes for The Grumpy Camel, The Culture Trip and Tomorrow&Today, reviewing art and cultural events, as well as offering travelling tips. 

You can read her work on the following websites:!northern-thailand/c22f7

Stay tuned next week for our first shortlisted entry in the Short Fiction category!

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