Clockwork

Kevin Hadsell

 

1.

 

The clock is a curious device that foretells our doom, the gears grinding their iron teeth below the clock-face, ticking off the hours.

 

The hands of time twisting circular in the glass, the hands that point to a time when the watch stops, when the clock-face freezes and time is left frozen upon the wall.

 

2.

 

The watch is a clock

chained by iron manacles to the wrist,

that time may follow us among the trees

and mountain-slopes––

 

So the watch-dial can tell us of time

wound circular around the wrist, tightened

as we gaze into the watch-face and

see our own reflection,

the face behind the watch.

 

3.

The sun is a clock whose watch-face burns the eyes.

 

The earth and moon are the ticking watch-hands in orbit.

This is the clockwork that counts eons,

celestial watch-hands twisting around the sun-dial

somewhere out in space.

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