Announce the Hour You Have Clocks For by Carol Dorf
Time progresses through the bells
announcing each moment of occupation:
toilet, wash, dress, eat, work a, break, work b . . .
eat, undress, wash, toilet.
Schematic, yes. Our clocks' precision
the thousandth's of a second
separates competitors for the title,
"Fastest Woman in the World,"
Could Mussolini have made these trains
run on fractional time? For a space-
ship it matters, a millisecond off
and three years later Mars will be far
from its predicted location.
Yet who doesn't long for the time
of a mother soothing a fretful child to sleep.