Despite the flashiness,

try as it might,

lightning never strikes

the same place twice.

Power without focus

is just bluster.

Clocks, especially

the broken ones,

are much more consistent

than that.

But with nothing set in motion,

a steady hand

does not impress.

When the gears move synchronously


we can read deeply

into the kinesics.

To your horror

you may find

some things in common

with the automatons.

We all know the truth —


yet another simulacra

lost in the wrong end

of the uncanny valley,

you tell yourself.

But who’s more convincing?