Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Poems – Day 22
“Beware of Poor Substitutions!”   (posted by Fireblossom)
Your assignment is to choose one of the images provided–taken from my Word Garden blog–and write your own poem about whatever the image says to you.

White Rabbit

My timepiece keeps
perfect time, half-time,
quarter-time, and late
time.  It was a present
from Great-grandfather,
Harvey.  Guess what time
it is?  I find I am the only
attendee so far.  Lateness
will not be tolerated. There is
no substitution for punctuality.   

A pot of tea awaits you. 
Choose a cup or half a cup
if you prefer. I defer
to you. I have taken
the liberty of helping
myself to tea, and a lovely
slice of cake. Will wait
ten minutes more.  Then
I shall begin my repast,
the hour having passed,
leaving you in the past.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Punctuality

  1. coalblack says:

    Late birds will get no worms, or tea or cake or anything with this bunny running things!


  2. Nice allusions to Lewis Carroll, and the ‘Harvey’ movie


  3. Lovely creation of his fussy voice!


  4. Susie Clevenger says:

    Those who are late shall eat no cake… Love this!


  5. Jim says:

    Too bad for late comers, no tea or cake for them. I was over an hour late for my wedding. A fellow NASA employee was late for his own funeral, for real. His plane was snowed in at Wisconsin.


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