Friday, April 15, 2011

no hands involved

there is something unsettling about
the timing of discipline
with no hands involved, no thought given in processing
self as subject -
it is a digital clock that reaffirms the need for change, all vitals
playing jeopardy
as the will to rethink standards loses face

becomes the dateline for second chances
recollection: a memory of pages, brittle brown
having pushed limits; broken carpals
leave hours longing
for a regulated self

copyrighted 2011

photo Savhad Lewis


  1. Unsettling, with no hands involved in praying or laying on. Hope runs deeper than face.

  2. this is rather haunting...maybe i am thinking back to my discipline at an early age and that is coloring my response...some wonderful word play bk...

  3. Is a new kind of time, or a different one, which troubles the poem? Certainly there is a sort of timesickness in the culture, everything progressing so fast, events cascading into another, killer apps taking all for , oh four months tops, knowledge doubling ever sixteen months. The hard definitions of time have given way to its flooding: how to hold that apart and see just what time is, anyway? Self becoming the shadow of that lost time -- very fine, Barbara -- Brendan

  4. Haunting...draws you in..nice.

  5. You continue to "mine deep."

  6. there is something unsettling about this poem (in a good way) will haunt my thinking.
    Thank you.

  7. "Wow...bkm, this is so very good and "timely" (at least for me while I'm addressing some issues of discipline and
    self regulation.) A very good write!

  8. I was thinking all the things we list to change about ourself in a lifetime...and changing can only be acoomplish by self...the time given becomes shorter each the world goes on around us....thank you all for comments...bkm

  9. This piece makes me think of the round wind-up old clock ticking and tocking so loudly on my grandma's kitchen window sill........I could hear it in the peacefulness of naptime in her quiet house. I loved that sound. Digital clocks just dont provide any sense of comfort - they are totally utilitarian. Rather eery clock face without the have done it again, bkm......another fine write.

  10. I enjoyed this. A great message not to rush thru life "doing" without "being" as well

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