Tyler French

Clockmaker


He is a clockmaker but
my heart is not a clock

My heart is not a clock but
it does keep time steadily

It does keep time steadily but
for this moment it stutters

For this moment it stutters but
the blue blood, it clots

The blue blood, it clots but
still the last pulse in my fingers

Still the last pulse in my fingers but
I am let out, as if leech-covered

I am let out, as if leech-covered but
barely pink (and black and blue)

Barely pink (and black and blue) but
not warm. You only know gears

Not warm. You only know gears but
your father was a doctor

Your father was a doctor but
you were a clockmaker

You were a clockmaker but
my heart was not a clock.

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Tyler French is the co-creator and baker for Queer Cookies, a poetry slam series and bake sale for queer-identified poets in Washington, DC and Providence, RI. Currently, Tyler is pursuing a graduate degree in public humanities from Brown University where he is interested in community-based art making and queer aesthetic practices.