"Tickity-tock . . .
Bong! Marked the late hour.
In time, reflections of all action
Will find expression in the silvered
Flow of inexorable history.
Faces call down with clicking, ticking,
Of a vast machine called time.
Thin sails move in the winds of now.
Built of mountains of clocks and watches,
Buzzers and beepers,
All fashioned on the invisible march
Marked by a tick-tock, tick-tock:
Relentless beats moving off
Into the empty cavern of history.
Broken into marks and clicks by
The clever, nimble fingers of man.
Yet in all, it has but fashioned
A device to measure the beats of a human heart
As it passes steadily from the womb to the tomb.
Each beat: the breath of a heart, the life of a flower,
Movements of animal pride,
The phases of the moon, the sun,
Marked off into moments of my life.
My loves and hates, dreams and desires,
Squared and packaged,
And all pointing to where
The watch stops, the alarm sounds,
And the heart stops.
Why then, this measure?
Where this power,
This human conceit of a vantage point
Over the eternal?
Perhaps we seek to mirror
The birth and death of all things
Changing in time.
We seek a mirror, our own mirror,
To trap and view the eternal, the changeless,
The formless movement of all in one:
Together, forever a single always.
A senseless division of the indivisible.
And so, a second tick, finds me off again,
Towards unknown appointments."