Tomorrow in Tonga

by Michael Gillan Maxwell

The illuminated clock winked and went dark 

the taut electrical buzz clicked and went silent 

is it nuclear war, a polar shift or just a branch on a power line?

In murky dusk I contemplate my pale reflection in the mirror

I put on a blue shirt, red tie and gray slacks

I feed the cat 

Across the icy black vacuum of heaven

Cassiopeia and Orion play ring around the rosy

with the moon

In Chicago it's an hour earlier, six hours later in Paris

still yesterday in Samoa

already tomorrow in Tonga

What would you do today                                                                                                                                       if you knew your time was up                                                                                                                   tomorrow?