STOP ALL THE CLOCKS
Tom’s romantic nature meant that he suffered more than most when a relationship came to an end but all the same I was shocked and saddened to see him so gaunt and woebegone.
” So. What are you doing with yourself these days? ” I asked him brightly.
He laughed a bitter laugh and spread his arms to emphasize his outcast state. ” I wander lonely as a cloud, ” he said.” I look upon myself and curse my fate. “
I put a counselling arm round his shoulder. ” You’ve got to get over Elizabeth sometime, ” I told him. ” I mean she’s married now. You’ve got to let go off the past, Tom. Live in the present. “
He shook his head. ” Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, ” he said gruffly, ” or bends with the remover to remove. It is – ”
” – But she’s pregnant! ” I interrupted. He smiled, a tired little smile in response to my shallowness.
” Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,” he said softly, a quiver in his voice.
” Listen, is there anything I can do to help? ” I asked, beginning to feel quite depressed myself.
He stood silent for a long time, head bowed and shoulders slumped, then straightening up and looking at me with tears in his eyes, shook his head.
” Pour away the ocean, ” he said bravely, ” sweep up the wood, for nothing now can come to any good. “