Thursday, February 22, 2007

Broken Watch

My watch, it lies broken.

Time-scratched dial -
Gap-toothed grin
Frozen on friendly, golden face;
Limp hands -
A collective imagination
Which doesn’t tick anymore;
Numbers mutedly stare -
Hourly vanity dented,
They vainly wait, for validation,
For regulation and routine to resume;
Beautiful brown leather strap -
Stained with sweat, salt and defeat,
Hoping for familiar time
To make my wrist heavy again.

My watch, it lies broken.

My seconds, like over-eager raindrops,
Fall uncounted,
Their ambition misplaced.
My minutes, like unmapped miles,
Go missing in time’s wasted ocean.
My hours, at the mercy of the sun,
Make me night-blind.

Like a planet displaced
From disciplined orbit,
I spin aimlessly in space,
Unmoored into an emptiness where
Asynchronous dreams and
The unfulfilled schedule of my life
Remain suspended, listening
For the sounds of time,
Because my watch, it lies broken.


Stallion said...

Is this the same watch that I had given u??

The Soliloquist said...

What a strange coincidence !
My watch also lies broken... But I am loving it !!
Maybe my bio-clock is more conscious of the seconds that tick by than my electro-mechanical clock.. :-)

Anyways, whatever that is broken, can be mended... Only that one should want it mended.. :-)

musafir said...


:D ... actually I had it repaired recently. This piece is justdrawing on left-over emotion.

The watch is fine now. Thought you should know.

the soliloquist

Haha ... oh well, different people and different reactions, I guess :) Besides I'd procrastinated for six months over mending this watch.

Not wearing a watch is kinda liberating at times, yes. I think I know what you mean.

Anonymous said...

wow,i have read it some 10 times....everytime i seem to be interpreting it differently,seeing a different meaning/perspective to it.One of ur best!

Arundhathi said...

Really nice ..... The best representation of Time is potrayed by Lewis Carrol in Alice in Wonderland :)

musafir said...


Thank you :) ... would be interesting to know how you interpreted it.


Look who's here :) ... thanks for the comment. I haven't read the original Alice in Wonderland, which is a little shameful for me considering I've liked whatever I've read of Lewis Carrol. Will get around to it one of these days, I guess.