an ode to timing


an ode to timing

(an elegy in sardonic histrionics)

how divine, the irony of time

how enviable is he

bemused by his own immunity to death

unmoved by mankind’s incessant lamenting

who would be so ill-advised

as to defy a secrecy devised en sanctum

 surely his is a pious violence

befitting the most impeccable of enemies

but lo, if you be witting, behold

timing and it’s untamed fury

rivaled only in deeds of unspeakable  mercy

so come, let us bend the knee

to the desolation of kismet

to the fates and their ominous filigree

all hail the harbringer of consequence

swift to make slaves of kings

and martyr’s of commoner’s

blessed be

the consummate saboteur

a connoisseur of clocks

and the architect in the paradox

of their unrequited stops

to timing, the beloved pendulum

 undulating with perplexing destinies

may his son’s be born

in morose illegitimacy

to the desperate exclaim’s

of ‘almost’, and ‘so close’

a. duncan, 2018



Artwork: Odysseus and Calypso by Arnold Böcklin (1827–1901)


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