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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.
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