Cuckoo Clock House…Friday Fictioneers.

As soon as he walked in, Jan was at peace. The boy with the cuckoo clock heart, had finally found his tribe in this museum of intricately carved clocks. No longer an outsider, they even shared the same heartbeat.

Unable to afford a human heart, his father had found a mysterious cuckoo clock at the local market, which he prayed would save the life of his beloved son. Yet, although the operation was a success, there was a strange side-effect. Dvorak’s American Symphony played like a broken record in his head.

At last, he understood. It was all about the house.


Welcome to another contribution for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wishoff Fields. This week’s photo prompt is © J Hardy Carroll and was taken at the Bily Clock Museum in Spillville, Iowa. The museum building was the residence of Antonín Dvořák during the summer of 1893 where he composed his String Quartet in F (also known as the “American Quartet”) and his String Quintet in E-Flat. You can hear it Here



29 thoughts on “Cuckoo Clock House…Friday Fictioneers.

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Via their commercials and boarding music, United Airlines pretty much ruined this musical piece for me. Now I can’t hear it without thinking of the days when I was stuck on some UA jet somewhere listening to it.

    Interesting piece Rowena. I’m kinda lost though and am unclear how these facts came together at the end. I am having one of those days at work though and don’t really trust the gray matter. I have some thoughts, but will hold them with the hope that you comment back and give me a pass for being too caught up in my work day.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thank you , Jilly. I have German-Australian heritage and my grandparents had a cuckoo clock which had been passed down through the family and it always intrigued me. Then, our neighbour who was a local watchmaker and jeweller went into a nursing home, and a box of cuckoo clocks and components was put out beside the road and I retrieved it. All those bits also intrigued me. Not quite sure what I’m going to do with them but I had thought of using them in a sculpture where you weld bits of metal together. Quite an ambitious project for someone who doesn’t weld or do any kind of fix-it work. Very good at dreaming though.
    Best wishes,

  3. Rowena Post author

    Hi Gary,
    The idea was that the cuckoo clock came from the Bily Clock Museum in Spillville, Iowa which had formerly been the residence of Antonín Dvořák during the summer of 1893 where he composed his String Quartet in F (also known as the “American Quartet”) and his String Quintet in E-Flat. That his cuckoo clock heart had become infused with Dvořák’s piece. I hope that makes some sense.
    Best wishes,

  4. pennygadd51

    A great concept for your take on the prompt. You’ve also described nicely how Jan feels once he visits the museum, how he feels at peace because he shares the pulse of the other clocks.

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