There used to be a wall clock in the living room

mounted on the Eastern side of our house 


It had a brass frame and would glow in the late afternoon

when the sun would hit it just right 


When I was young my dad told me it glowed because it was 


I believed him for a long time 


By the time I knew that it was a joke

it was too late to tell him about it


The house is still there,  although

we don't live there anymore 


I haven't been inside it for many years

but I bet sunsets still light up that wall


on certain afternoons

when the sun hits it just right