Death Clock

Updated on June 15, 2020

By: Wayne Brown

The old clock on the mantle ticks in the silence of night

Storm clouds gather to rage and light the dark night bright

With lightning and thunder; torrents of cold stinging rain

A perfect night for Evil to shake and rattle its chains

What’s that at the front window, an eerie shadow there passes

The wind goes around the house and rattles the window glasses

Fear in my heart is climbing in my throat, there’s danger about

Even with all this stormy noise, the old clock still ticks on loud

Each tick of the clock brings danger near, I feel it in my skin

Evil lurks just out on my porch, soon it will try to come in

And the clock it just ticks marking the passage in increment

Time’s running short and soon I fear the horror of Evil’s intent

The hail on the tin roof is playing a tune, adding more confusion

With all that is going on how will I ever know of an intrusion

But the clock marks time and the hour surely will approach

Evil springs, my heart will stop and screams choke my throat

Evil will come this thunderous night and at my doorknob scratch

While I sit frozen in my chair, it will slowly lift up the latch

And as the clock ticks away marking time on the old mantel shelf

Evil will consume my being and suck all the life from my self

Oh God, please stop that clock from ticking, help me with my fear

Evil things are lurking outside and the time is drawing ever near

My heart will not stand to live with this fear though the stormy night

Please God, stop that clock, these ghastly fears I can no longer fight

The lightning is blazing; the thunder rumbles and the wind does race

I run to the mantel; grab the clock and rip the hands from its face

But still the ticking, the hideous ticking, it continues ever so loud

Though time has no mark it continues on unmasking Evil’s shroud

Fear has paralyzed my limbs, I cannot move; frozen in my chair

Now Evil lifts up the latch and slowly enters my dark lair

I see its hideous face and it makes my blood run oh so cold

I know it is here to stop the tick of time and carry away my soul.

© 2010 Wayne Brown


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      3 years ago

      I love this, very creative!

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @Leland M. Lee---In reality, I appreciate and agree with perspective. That angle is a bit harder to write about though I have in a round about way a time or two. I seem to have a darker side that emerges more in poetry than other areas of my writing and this was one of those times. Thanks much for the read and the comment! ~WB

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      5 years ago


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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      gr82bme....glad you liked, thanks for the read and comment! WB

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      9 years ago from USA

      Well done! I loved it

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @poetvix....More to come ready on October 15 for the release of the fear! WB

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      9 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      What a great, scary poem to usher in the Halloween season. I loved the suspense.

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1....Right on Ken. Petra has done far more difficult things with her writing. I know she can do it! The vampire legacy so near her place of birth will feed her senses and probably make the rest of us look like Halloween rookies! LOL! WB

      @dallas93444...Yeah, that'll run the vampires off quickly! LOL! WB

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      9 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      If it gets too dark ,turn on one of those fancy lights that does not "burn" much electricity... (LED).

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      9 years ago

      Petra you have a wonderful mind. You should have no trouble soiling it for awhile and dig deep into the dark side to come up with a scary hub for the challenge.

      Remember we are all different writers and have our own individual voice and styles, so give it a try, Wayne and I and others look so much forward to your read. Keep in mind you come from Romania and vampire legacy, so give it a go gurl:0))

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @Petra Vlah...heck, Petra I don't know much about the dark side either or sci-fi for that matter. I don't even know much about poetry writing. I am just feeling my way along in the dark and getting lucky I suppose. Hang in there you are doing fine! WB

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      Petra Vlah 

      9 years ago from Los Angeles

      I have always tried to stay away from the dark side of things and situations, but you and the other talented contestants are taking me into the thrilling side of it all, so I guess I will follow you guys and see what are you going to come up next.

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1....Yes, Ken, this one can be linked as well for that coming fright we share unleash upon unsuspecting hubbers out there. I can hear the screaming now. Thanks for the good words, I appreciate it! WB

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      9 years ago

      I remember being awoken at times in the middle of a nightmare to hear our grandfather clock in our hallway ticking and gonging on the hour. It was very spooky indeed.

      Wayne you are priming yourself up for fright night and challenge. I read Poe squeezing between your verse, well done my friend. Keep them coming and turn off your clocks or fear the haunting.

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @ralwus....Oops! :P

      @Amy Becherer...Woo...You got a regular clockwork orange going on there. You ever see Rod Serling hangin' round your place? Glad you like the seasonal attraction of the poem! WB

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      9 years ago

      I'll get you Wayne Brown for that glove slap, just wait and see if I don't. :D

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      Amy Becherer 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The pendelum clock that my parents gave me stopped on my dad's birthday, the first one following his death. I much prefer a ticking clock, although this was one scary, ticking clock! My brother, a scientist and head chair in microbiology at UC, Davis, cannot and will not sleep, in a room with a ticking clock. Since he is not a superstitious person, I believe in the magic. Very heart pounding stuff for the season of the witch!

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @TimBryce....TickTickTick! LOL! WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @CMerritt...I think we all experience that level of panic inside ourselves at one time or other driven by a fear of ourselves moreso than about what we are facing. The mind can be so powerful and so convincing when we start to argue with ourselves. WB

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @SilverGenes...I wanted that clock to be much like Poe's tell-tell heart...Hopefully it worked! WB

      @eovery....A great date for this one I agree! Thanks much! WB

      @Tom Whitworth....I think I remember that one now Tom. Serling was an original on story lines like this. WB

      @lisapreston.....Boo! LOL! WB

      @ralwus...Dang CC, if I throw out the clock, I won't have any material for my scary poem. LOL! WB

      @ladyjane1...You must have seen that "Twilight Zone" epsiode Tom mentioned above! The key is to slow down the time as much as possible! WB

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      Chris Merritt 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      From me, I could not keep from thinking that David from Psalms relating to this kind of fear.

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      9 years ago from Texas

      Yes the clock is ticking for each of us and someday it will stop, ready or not. Cheers.

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      9 years ago

      Well throw out that spooky ass clock anyway and mebbe the nightmares will end. Where in the hell did ya get that thing? It is pretty cool though, I like it. Spooky poem WB just in time for Halloween.

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      9 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      This is Scarrrrrry!

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      Tom Whitworth 

      9 years ago from Moundsville, WV


      Your verse brought back memories of an old Twilight Zone episode where Ed Wynn kept his Grandfather clock running because he feared he would die if it stopped!!!!!!!!!

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Maybe it ticked 10:10"10 on 10/10/10. It happens twice today.

      Keep on hubbing!

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      9 years ago

      That clock is just horrible! And the poem is completely creepy with the fear flashing and time passing with a heartbeat - very scary stuff!

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      Wayne Brown 

      9 years ago from Texas

      @breakfastpop...I had to stop for a second and think. Then I realized that you were asking about "Evil"...and yes, you got it on the first try! Thanks Poppy. I got a good laugh from this one! WB

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      9 years ago

      Oh my God, who is it Nancy Pelosi!!!


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