Monday, June 18, 2018

The Sword of Damocles

time —
the sword of Damocles
with the inscription
“produce or die” 
etched on the silver blade
hangs by a frayed thread
over my head

time has a face
numbers for eyes and
hands pointing to what is
out of what was

what will I be doing
when the line snaps
and it’s too late 
to recapitulate loss or gain

time owns the dice
the same dots 
don’t come up twice
and a clue to what you seek
can’t be found when
the cubes spin around on
a chipped corner 

we have what was given
to use as we choose
win or lose
nothing more or less
than what remains 
after the table is closed
and the transient moment 

contains all it can hold