On

On

This watch is automatically aligned
to the body movements of the wearer,

meaning when that person lies down
its hands close together at twelve o’clock,

three o’clock and nine are brought on
by sitting in opposite directions, and five

and seven mean feet up, two, bent over,
ten, bent back. In sleep, watch becomes

compass, hands become needle, join
together in random nocturnal spinning.

so as I wander this city without compass,
map, GPS, to designate north or south,

my pulse pushes against my watch, plots
time’s co-ordinates, my body pushes on past.

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