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Like Clockwork

A clock ticks in the quiet
before language

             a face

in the dark
hall behind me, the only
dark of winter


the only ticking
clock and the winter before


the stillness before snow.
Clouds clock the minutes since

I emerged from the dark
throat of the hall.

Cameron Morse is Senior Reviews editor at Harbor Review and the author of eight collections of poetry. His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His latest is The Thing Is (Briar Creek Press, 2021). He holds an MFA from the University of Kansas City-Missouri and lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife Lili and (soon, three) children. For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.    



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