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"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare


Stephen Bone's work has been published in various journals in the U.K. and U.S. First collection 'In The Cinema' due Autumn 2014. (Playdead Press)

Stephen Bone

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Borrowed Time

I am upright and precise;
hands full with Roman numerals,
a nursery rhyme moon waxing
and waning in my head.

My satinwood unblemished,
glowing as when lit by flickering gas;
voice still resonant as I greet
the hour, the half.

Each eighth day
my vigour weakening,
a pale drawn woman comes,
dusts the length of my longcase,
feeds me her borrowed time.