| 24-hour watch for polar expeditions, from 1969, made by Soviet watchmaker Raketa. |
Polar nights or days make it necessary to use a 24-hour scale instead of 12.
At six months past, New Year’s resolutions
remain less than halfway to completeness.
Like its cousin the clock, a year needs an
extra twelve to count down an addiction.
Give me a couple of years—that’ll do
I’ll take two, two more on this take two, too.
What should we name the twelve extra months? Stop.
Side trips and procrastination won’t work
you say, shutting the door in the faces
of those I alternately feed and starve
while pages wait on me to use or discard.
I want, I want so much to be—(I want
to be a published writer) but, I say
Writing isn't enough, self-publishing
neither. The lottery ticket in my
pocket waits for a nod. You understand?
I am a chameleon, a strange beauty
unmasked, yet a trained academic andstill in formality’s controlling hand.
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