Winding The Clock poem

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  1. woodlawndon

    woodlawndon Registered User
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    As I was googling something regarding a recent clock purchase I stumbled on this poem by Edgar Albert Guest. I dunno, maybe you folks don't like poetry or stuff like this but I found it kind of captured the experience of clock winding for me. And it made me think of my father.
    Don

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  2. TEACLOCKS

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    Thats Nice.
    Thank you
     
  3. JTD

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    I like it, too.

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    It makes you think.
     
  5. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    It reminds me of this famous song:

    GrandFathersClockWorkCover.jpg

    You can find the lyrics here:

    http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/ukulele-songs-chords/pdf/grandfathers_clock-henry_clay_work.pdf

    It is my understanding that this song is the reason that tall or long case clocks came to be known as "grandfather clocks".

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    I like the poem but I don't like their use of capitalisation. It was
    distracting to me.


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    Such capitalization was the tradition.
     
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    I know ;)



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  10. Stu Riegel

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    Every week I wind my dad's Seth Thomas #2
    Even though I know the time it's just something I do.
    It doesn't need the internet or electricity
    It keeps going on regardless because gravity is free.
    The ratchet clicks the weight goes up the key goes round and round
    Then for another week I'll hear that ticking sound.
    And if on Friday I forget I guess that that's okay
    Because it's an 8-day clock I've got another day.
    I note the time and temperature see if it's fast or slow,
    Adjust it if it's too far off and have another go.
    Though Dad's passed on I wind the clock to keep in touch
    Just because he loved this thing so much.
     
  11. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    All of these songs and poems remind me of Thomas Alva Edison

    His library clock reportedly just stopped 3 minutes after his passing and supposedly the hands were left were they were.

    Edison.PNG

    I also recall seeing a bit of the newsreel pertaining to his passing and that the background music was "My Grandfather's Clock".

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  12. Chris Radano

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    The clock owner in the poem seems like a control freak (I know, sacrilege!). If there were TV remotes back then, he would probably not let anyone else touch it!
    Also, maybe if he let some of the kids wind the clock, maybe today more young people would be interested in horology. Think about it....:whistle:
     

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