Perseverance Out of Time

This moment will not last. See, already past

and another moment, come and gone. See that! Flown.

Another one’s gone, too, and you hardly missed it — until youth fled.

Perceiving moments in time requires watching

And knowing the big hand from the little hand.

And what of the millisecond, microsecond, nanosecond,

picosecond et cetera ad infinitum?

If I knew nothing of number and language: abstractions,

my day would be a dog’s day — marked by bowls clanking to the floor,

full and empty, empty and full — per what? Per care from hands that feed?

Or scavenge and quarry per what? Chance.

If I had no watch, there’d still be routine and random, fear and hope and panic,

passings told by no per what I’d know. What of repetition?

Or when called for dinner or bedtime, variety synched with event?

Who’d know — perhaps sun, moon, stars et cetera. Regularity?

Would menses be discrete or by moon? The moon one, permanent.

The sun one, permanent — both per sight, day and night? But regular?

Who’d know? What’s the interval?

Would I know perseverance? Yes, by drive: to ¬†eat, to sleep, to cover —luck and duck.

Look out for low-hanging birdhouses. Keep your eyes open. Watch your footfalls.

Shit in the grass! Be wary. Why? Just keep your wits, son.

So why worry? Would I like a dog’s life?


David Milliken


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David Milliken has been a life-long, incurable English Major currently serving as Marketing VP for and, a provider of registered agents, incorporation services and LLC's and trademarks. Prior to that he was a professional chamber of commerce executive for chambers in Ohio, New York and Kansas. Other work includes community college PR, brick sales and community/economic development He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Idaho State University(M.A.) He attended Kansas State University for more English studies. He has not been a butcher, baker nor candlestick maker, but he has taught English and run for political office. David Milliken is an author aspiring to become a published one.

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