I was fascinated to discover they ensure the most famous clock in the world keeps time by
piling old pennies on the pendulum… and decided to write a poem about it.
They put pennies on the pendulum
of the clock with Big Ben’s bell.
To ensure that all keeps steady
and the tock is ticking well.
It takes two men to tinker –
adding coins to the swinging pile.
Pennies fashioned for a time
when Victoria was in style.
The small chink of modern pence
are too cheap and mean and light
to keep the City working
every day and throughout the night.
Brokers and businessmen –
battling with suits and smiles –
Are all in thrall to ancient pennies
swinging in their piles.