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

faded
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
shadowing...............time

bkmackenzie
copyrighted 2011



photo Savhad Lewis



14 comments:

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

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  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...

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  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

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

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  5. You continue to "mine deep."

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

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  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!

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  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 day...as the world goes on around us....thank you all for comments...bkm

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  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 hands.......you have done it again, bkm......another fine write.

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

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