Mean Time

by David Ackley

an errant clock strikes eleven,

unwinds second from second

No shelf or sink

medicates this mean ticking

this meantime

between now and them.

I meant then.

This mean time all we got,

passing then to when,

"then" all inconsequence:

"like it matters, now."

And after? As if.

Call this mean time?

Just wait.