Keeping Zero Time
By Roy D. Follendore III
Copyright © 2001
Our clock of standards
finds space and time,
defines our tests as
instruments calibrated as differences,
but not delineated in between.
This is a very ancient cryptogram
absolute and fine,
with no absolute movements
not of our kind.
It is mechanical, electrical,
and transparently all but immortal.
Ovations oblivious of the silent beat of a third,
ordered harmony rise up the words.
Applauds as if it stands in line,
as each parade must pass,
to be counted, to an end
to also be forgotten.
Time moves like human lives
incremented, arrayed, as individual pins,
is of the earth, becomes the earth,
is of the air, becomes the air,
always relentlessly transparent
flowing toward the ocean universal purple void.
If tongues of Pharaohs
long now dust could speak
half as well as or even more
that they might wish to tell tomorrow
will or can or could be in store
while keeping some perspective
of our absolute minds eye,
they would remain mute.
They could say nothing of their hereafter,
for they knew nothing before their mark,
and certainly no certainty thereafter.
Their singular moment
was defined within a rulers width.
Always lost we
look for some single sign,
thus protected behind temporal disease
that is not so accurate as it appears nor benign.
No such instant reference made by sound
describes where things are in a single instant
or where by absolute they should be tomorrow found.
We are as unspecified and relative as singular quarks
with this enormous quantum soup not easy understood,
and thus it is not of our natural line,
for it is far too, too broad, too dark, too deep, this sand
to keep some whispered notion of Zero Time.
Every calibrator worth his salt knows that zero can only exist because we specify it. It therefore can not exist because we have no technical means to absolutely specify it. The acceptable latency between what is specified and what is found to exist is the tolerance. There is no tolerance for the absolute difference because it can not be measured. Einstein has shown that this intangible can become large and depends on subjective perspective. Zero Time is therefore a poem about the human perspective of relativity.
Temporal zero-point or zero-time
zero-point or zero-time
(abbreviation: t0) = the time which is the ultimate 'origin' of all the temporal
relations expressed by the tense form, i.e. the time to which the times of all
the situations referred to in the sentence are directly or indirectly related,
and which is not itself represented as dependent on any other (more basic) time.
In English, the temporal zero-point is nearly always the time of utterance
(speech time, coding time). However, when the time of decoding (hearing,
reading) the message is later than the coding time, it is possible for the
speaker to choose the former as temporal zero-point, as when a pre-recorded
radio programme begins with It's 5 p.m. now — time for our weekly programme
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