"Half-Past Two," which appears in the English poet U. A. Fanthorpe's 1992 collection Neck Verse, contrasts the wonder and naivete of childhood with the rigid authority of the adult world. The poem tells the story of a young boy who, after getting into trouble at school, must wait alone in the classroom until half-past two (that is, 2:30 p.m.). Because the boy doesn't know how to tell time, the wait seems endless. Yet the boy also feels as though he's "escaped" the reach of the clock and drifted off into a world where time itself no longer exists. The experience ends when his flustered teacher, having forgotten all about the boy, finally returns and tells him to go home. Fanthorpe's speaker gently pokes fun at the boy's predicament but also describes a profound experience that will stay with the boy for the rest of his life.