Sunday, March 12, 2017

One Leap Balances the Other

The way clocks are digital:
automatic updates advance
the numbers used to measure
the time. One minute it is this
time, the next? We are moved
an hour, one way or the other.
We spring ahead, we fall back.

There was no 2 am last night.
1:59 to 3:01 in a lone jump
without moving. I have heard
the origins stories, I assume
each forward/back balances
the scales and so everything
survives long enough, twice

a year. But of that lost hour,
who knows? No one speaks
of it for more than a few days.
It is forgotten but not gone,
an hour of the 13th floor; of
missing time pieces; we talk
around it, like it's really gone.

1 comment:

  1. What if you die in the summer? Does that mean you've had a longer life? If you were born in the summer, is your life shorter if you die in the winter?