meticulous later

I left an honest message for you
as a confession
in the old boxy clock
in the wall in the hallway
torn into two equal pieces and
placed behind
the hours and minutes
central where it vibrates
barely loose on the cogs
and I am sure when they align
pointed to the decorative springs
and the gears that never move
this will all come out
and I believe you understand
I always knew the clock was slow
the batteries are and will be low
and it slips
and it slips
so this will be done
with all time for apology gone
and I believe you
always meticulous later
will not move the hours
and see before what is ahead.