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Leap Day

29 Feb

Time comes to mind—
so immutable
so fluid.
Tick, tock.
The universe
a giant clockwork
moving in lockstep.
All those planets,
stars, asteroids,
moons.
An eclipse terrifies
but arrives
on time.
Exactly.
Datelines
separate one hour
from the next.
We choose
the times
of our life.
Daylight savings,
Greenwich.
Back or forth.
Fly west and lose
a whole day.
Viola!
Go east
and there you’ll find it,
twice—that lost day.
Nuclear timemasters
debate seconds, milliseconds.
Keep the universe
in exact time.
But casually add a day
here and there.
We have
all the time
there is.

The Sandman, climbing, as he has for time out of mind.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Poetry

 

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