The wonder of clocks in old towns and cities
is that few actually care if the time
they portend is accurate or an approximation.
The importance often seems inversely
proportional to the size of the place in which
it is called upon to render a temporal verdict.
Best of all are the clocks whose hands
have ground to a halt, or gone missing,
for they are the philosophical seers,
sent to remind us that time is our construct
and in the grand scheme of things
exists only because we demand it to do so,
and long before the clock we got along
sufficiently well by being always
and forever in the present moment.