An ornate time piece on a wrist
shiny, elegant chrome chronograph
or matte finish
practical, purposeful chronometer

A puppeteer’s handcuff
controlling movement subtly
directing thoughts subliminally
a marionette to be pushed, pulled, directed

Steady tick, tick, tick
activity done mindlessly
going through motions without attention
glazed eyes
striving to make it from one
paycheque to the next
without breaking the strings of the masterminder
oblivious to the pull
of the masterminder

Second hand sweeps
behind the minute
behind the hour
striving to move ahead
but wired into place
hour leads
minute follows
second lapses
wired into place
pulled along by the others
gears and cogs manipulating movement
invisible strings manipulating movement
time manipulating movement

World focused on clocks and calendars
great energy expended keeping up to the time keepers

Obsession with timepieces
and calendars is restricting
what is this competition that has been thrust upon wrists,
on walls, on clock towers in time squares
town squares

Shirk wrist pieces, cell phones
anything that strives to own your being
Pay no attention to these measurements
these pushes and pulls
prods to direct you

Allow no thoughts of time to settle upon you
consume you
control you
and watch your mind settle
and give birth to new ideas

4 thoughts on “Puppeteer

  1. Meghan says:

    Awesome in its proper meaning!! I am full of awe. This is a wonderful, lyrical piece, Mary!! What an important message for us all and very – dare I say it? – timely piece for me! πŸ™‚

  2. mincs1 says:

    Thanks for always being so supportive Meghan! I appreciate it πŸ™‚

    • Meghan says:

      You are welcome, Mary! I really enjoy your blog. And before I forget, congratulations on passing 200 days of writing!!

  3. mincs1 says:

    Thanks for being a faithful follower, Meghan! I’m happy to be on the “south” side of my commitment that started this blog πŸ™‚

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