I cannot determine why
my clock only tocks, as if
somewhere back time
its ticks beat a hasty retreat.
My life is increasingly like
that, a growing series of disconnects,
as if life itself, outside of me
is enduring a progressive dementia.
Perhaps I shouldn’t complain,
for both time and I know
that every one of those ticks
is owed to me and I will collect.
The universe does believe
in balance, after all, and a career
of being too often yon, has allowed
a joyous retirement to hither,
and having always stayed south
of the Arctic Circle I know
that each of my days has brought
with it a night, so I await my ticks.