November 5th, 2009

unicursal color

Your clock

Never mind that thing on your counter or wrist.
It's just an approximation
of your position on Earth,
and Earth's progress in its daily rotation.

You can read your clock
by the shadow of a memorial pillar,
its point gradually tracing
an almond-curve across the landscape.

Now take up your shrine
and move against the rotation of the Earth,
that is toward the West:
the shadow slows. Move East:
the shadow quickens.

Your friend standing to the North,
her shadow is longer, and moves quickly.
Every man and every woman has a clock,
of no use but true
to the minute and second,
each according to its relation to all.