the time traveler’s lament

a clock isn’t a clock at all

it’s a stopwatch

a tape measure

to tell us the distance

between two points of interest

but since our interests are always changing

time itself changes

depending on what we’re measuring

are we measuring lifetimes

or lunch hours

are we measuring how long we have

until we get to lie in bed

or are we measuring how long we will have

to lie in bed alone

every hour is different

depending on what we are doing

what we are feeling

sometimes an hour goes by

and another year has passed

sometimes it takes a year

to get past the hour

and sometimes

the end of an hour never arrives

we need clocks that will listen

that will understand

what we are really measuring

what we are really asking

if we are to truly know what time it is 

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