Clock with No Hands
What year this be / can you tell me / the sun mirrors blood / I can’t find / my family
anywhere within/ this circumference / I stand / must have dozed off / for a minute
or two / has it been longer / is this a daydream / who rules the land / who rules
the sky / when no sun can shine / on me / no time / to tell / I’ll just brush the crust /
away from my eyes / step outside / if the air is safe / to inhale / do you know
the toxicity / those clouds / spit out / from long stacks / meant for energy / no
chance / you happen / to have a spare / mask / this time / makes it / hard / to breathe.
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Tim Heerdink is the author of five poetry collections, The Human Remains, Red Flag and Other Poems, Razed Monuments, Ghost Map, Sailing the Edge of Time, I Hear a Siren’s Call, and the novel, Last Lights of a Dying Sun. Heerdink is president of the Midwest Writers Guild. His short stories, “The Tithing of Man” and “HEA-VEN2”, won first and second place in the guild’s annual anthology contests. He also has poems published in Poetry Quarterly, Fish Hook, Flying Island, Kissing Dynamite, Auroras & Blossoms, Tanka Journal, Landslide Lit, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Dumpster Fire, Alien Buddha, Madness Muse Press, and various anthologies. He graduated from USI with a BA in English and resides in Newburgh, Indiana with his wife, daughter, dog, and two cats.