Tickling the Armpits of Time

Today’s text message is yesterday’s

science fiction

time and technology are oh so relative

like looking at your watch as you cross the International Date Line

only to land

to read the shadow in the sand

lit off a sundial in Thailand

and it’s half past the pebble meaning three-thirty pm

on the beach seconds before high tide

washes it all away

when your watch is still stuck on Toronto time

where the night reads stories by the hush of three a.m. street lights

and tonight we set the clocks back

because we can do that

we can screw with time

while all the while time stalks us

like lost shadows of midnight’s sundial

so dark we can’t see the shadow let alone the stick

and still we have the power

to make it two o’clock

for the second hour in a row.

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