Chronos Stroboscopic

Michael Follow

It draws bees to plastic
and fish the ocean floor

—the past in stars,
future its opposite:

winter, the dark parkade
shocks after matinees

—waking after a nap
to dusk; sleep well and know

flowers will bloom again.
Some don't, and wake tomorrow

or see a double show.
Some flowers bloom at night.

Day it hovers above,
wick stopped in waxen foam.

Michael Follow's poetry, essays, book reviews and letters have recently appeared in Anderbo, Canadian Notes & Queries, The Dalhousie Review and The American Scholar.