Time = XYZn
for Frida Kahlo, Lorette Luzajic & Sukaina Fatima
after Does Anybody Really Know What Time It is?
by Lorette C. Luzajic (Canada), 2020 C.E.
a cat has nine lives!
But merely keeping an eye
on a cat’s life
doesn’t equate to
telling the time.
She is definitely
like a cat.
She has a mind of her own
—one of a kind!
She has a frame of her own
—one of a kind!
The wheel of time keeps rotating
her back and forth in life.
But her revolutions cannot be contained
by the hands of time.
I wonder though,
what time/life she is currently at?
This yarn-ball of time,
it’s her favourite pet.
With the needles of memories,
she sews mammoth statues
of love and hope—
chanting: Viva La Liberty!
And she ponders:
what if I were the clock; the time itself;
had > 24 digits to circumnavigate
the worlds of AMs and PMs;
had > 26 letters to juggle with
in the twine-ball of symbols & signs;
had > 60 revolutions to place a bet
at the gambling-table called life?
This piece will be included in Saad Ali's upcoming book of poetry this year.
Saad Ali (b. 1980 C.E. in Okara, Pakistan) has been brought up in the UK and Pakistan. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Management from the University of Leicester, UK. He is an existential philosopher-poet. Ali has authored four books of poetry i.e. Ephemeral Echoes (AuthorHouse, 2018), Metamorphoses: Poetic Discourses (AuthorHouse, 2019), Ekphrases: Book One (AuthorHouse, 2020), and Prose Poems: Βιβλίο Άλφα (AuthorHouse, 2020). He is a regular contributor to The Ekphrastic Review. By profession, he is a Lecturer, Consultant and Trainer/Mentor. Some of his influences include: Vyasa, Homer, Ovid, Attar, Rumi, Nietzsche, and Tagore. He is fond of the Persian, Chinese, and Greek cuisines. He likes learning different languages, travelling by train, and exploring cities on foot. To learn more about his work, please visit www.saadalipoetry.com.
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