Sleepy Subroutine

Sweetest departures, no longer infrequent,
but daily and dallying - almost routine;
a subliminal thing to keep my ears ringing
just long enough to mask what's drawing near.
I still love surprises. I'd seek them each day,
but the clock has been calling and crying of duty;
masking its scent with fine coffee grounds,
and spinning perversely, in reverse as to fool
me towards thinking I'll never be late for anything, ever.

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