The Grandfather Clock Chimes

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the grandfather clock chimes
a mocking reminder
of your absence.

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the red seconds go tick (go tock)
tapping out the pulse
of my anxiety.

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the brass pendulum swings
in vacillating mimicry
of our understanding.

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the grandfather clock chimes.
I wait.