06.27.2008

Craftsmith or Counterpoise

The center-pinion
pivot of a clock
can be beveled
a hundredth slow
or fast, by the best,
but whether
a hickory stick spins
on a lathe spun
by his foot from
a treadle and flywheel,
everything is a bit
too still for torque
or froth on a colt
at the track after
a race, when a lade
of notched jockey bats,
like drumsticks,
have lost their timbre,
a nod, and a hundredth.

Gregory J. Ott (© 2008)