James Oren Osborn

Born: Mon., Dec. 21, 1936
Died: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018

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Music by The Piano Brothers

Winding the Clock

When I was a little lad, my old grandfather said that
none should wind the clock but he, and so at time for
bed, he’d fumble for the curious key kept high upon the
shelf. And set aside that little task entirely for himself. In
time grandfather past away and so that duty fell unto
my father who performed the weekly custom well; He
held that clocks were not to be by careless persons
wound and he alone should turn the key or move the
hand around. I envied him that task and wished that I
might be the one to be entrusted with the turning of the
key. But year by year the clock was his exclusive bit of
care until the day the angels came and smoothed his
silver hair. Today the task is mine to do, like those
who’ve gone before I am jealous guardian of that round
and glassy door. And until at my chamber door God’s
messenger shall knock, to me alone shall be right to
wind the clock.

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