Time Book for the Watch Detail

Bill Seaman 1990

A question about duration

expanded upon for a lifetime.

Take your time.

Calm erodes the longer time is studied.

Through an alternate perspective

apprehension decays.

Second notice.

Watching being watched.

Time zones.

Lose a day, in still confinement.

Flying at the speed of

continuous sunrise.

The difference in memories.

Snow falls on silence,

blue shadow,

white on white.

Rest inside slow movements,

extended gestures.

A set of questions

released in an open field.

Uncertain conclusions,

dwelling in the fields of time.

A combination lock around a branch at age 15.

The tree envelopes the lock.

The definition of eventuality grows,

when an analogue clock is unplugged

The time is correct twice a day.

Listen for the clock of flames.

A watched kettle never whistles.

Trees, chain saw sound,

rings and saw dust.

A clockÕs circulatory system,

floats the duration of a sentence.

A number signals as the clock strikes.

The earth circles another sleep.

The year slides by the sunÕs indifference.

The weather seems more intense.

Change the time while no one is looking.

Change the subject.

Whittling away the days.

The space of removal.

Common desk calendars lined the street.

Compression, striations, layers,

schisms, sink holes.

The way a sound decays.

The way it dies out.

The echo of reflection.








Time out.

A number of clocks in toy boats

set adrift.

A number of watches held.

I listen to a number.

The expressions on the face

of the clock of water

through heating and freezing.

Rotating schedules.

No hands.

The illusion of time, the mirage,

holds pressure in the passing.

Enter into a Red WoodÕs

scale of time.

Spelunking Plato,

carbide torches,

the clock of fuel.

The distance a wound travels to heal.

Mechanical rotations of luminous hands.

Attempting to grasp

a dream on the edge of memory.

The architecture of reaction.

A duration.

Nothing sometimes feels substantial.

The building had been torn down.

Solidity and permanence

now empty. Rendered silent.

A sensation lasts for months...

leaving at an indeterminate moment.

The slippery nature of

the exact time.

Dealing with a certain discontinuity,

of always returning to the fear.

The inability to escape the inability.


Newspaper (yellows).

As if the color of time was a symbol.

Time is an analogy.

All at once the sign board came alive.

The destinations and times spun frantically,

making the sound

of thousands of little clicks.

Just as fast the board stopped

and a new set of destinations arrived.

Zero degree clock of breathing.

Vapour in a personÕs breath.

The duration of evaporation,

of disappearance.


A watch without hands.

Routine inspection

for cracks and fatigue.

The young and the old,

all eyes present, observing.

Different starting points.

The perspectives of each.

All ages present in one

with many perspectives.

Time is money.

Time to kill.

Cracks in a sandstone sidewalk.

The odor of a freshly cut lawn.

The shadows of Hiroshima.

The qualities

of the surfaces that were replaced.

The actual duration of a disaster.

The aftermath.

The loss of vital signs.

Another inch and the accident

would never have happened.

Rubbed lightly.

Formica, sitting day after day.

worn through.

Fake wood grain

1940, 1950, 1960... version.

The shape of a clock spring

The shape of memory.

A nose worn shiny through touch

on a bronze statue.

The body tarnished.

The speed of darkness.

The speed of light.

Zero hour.

Impressions are left through

the architecture of impermanence.

When one building is torn down

the adjacent structure wears

A past life of stairways,

Rooms, doors, paint, wallpaper.

All of the years of growth

were removed from a structure

for protection.

The building stands naked.

A timeless odor.

Diamond cutting.

Tree cutting.

Diamond matches.

Diamond ring.


Projections and paths suggesting

the future of difference.

The stillness of a fresh snow,

a shiny black piano and

a wind up metronome.

Just a sec.

When time dysfunctions.

The distance shrunk.

Lightening strikes and lights

a field on fire.

A vast area of land burning

out of control.

The time it has taken...

the time it takes to replace it.

A house of cards falls.

Can you hold?

A sign that has almost

been removed, almost not there.

The traces of the lettering.

The face of a digital clock

down without power.

The space of the light blank impressions

cast in the blink.

The space between these impressions.

A plane crosses stretching and bending

through waves of light.

The qualities of 200 year old glass,

adjacent to a fixed window.

A white vapour time line

across a blue expanse.

What there was

before the concept,

before the devices.

Around the clock

construction, fabrication.

Lost in a work ritual.

Attempting to focus so as to transcend.

A clockwork repetition.

Around the clock.

Allowing oneself to

lose track of the time.


taking on the air of history.

Sheer fabric wall,

shear stone face,

wall of light.

Glass worn round and smooth.

To Sand to Glass to Sand.

The positions of the tide.


Over wound.

Winding up / Winding down.

The wind up and the pitch.

Second wind

Wind up winded.

Wind up wounded.

Wind up lost in thought.

Make good time.

Fingernail dirt, beard growth

sole taps, dust.

Every moment was articulated

through a visceral beat.

I could hear my heart through an ear infection.



The time at the tone will be...

You sound so close.

Biological standard

Internal frame.

The child waits longer

having lived less.

People who wear watches

Keep time.

The locations of

all the clocks in the city.

A part of memory

that has not been explored.

A day where I would

attempt to do nothing.

A day spent recalling that day.

Discomfort seems to slow.

A work in abbreviations about longevity.

An abbreviation that is

under construction for a lifetime.

All of the houses one has lived in.

All of the houses one will live in.

The housing of this memory,

nested and projected.

Fix the time.


We are different ages in memory.

Clockwise, counter clockwise.

Real time (a realm other than).

A room in wrapped in string at seven.


The nature of focus gives duration

to a chosen element in a field of vision.

Growth drawing

pencil lines from the tippy top.

A childÕs stature.

A measure of change.

Second hand positioning.

Second hand furnishings.

Second hand information.

Second hand clothing.

Second hand words.

Second hand light.

Second thoughts.

Puns and paradoxes.

Quartz and pendulums.

Oscillating constants.

The balance of conclusions.

As many histories

as the perspective of everywhere

one cannot be.

Accumulated subjectivity

appears to be objective.

The boat is driven in a figure 8,

over and over.

I am not yet a teenager.

The symbol for infinity is drawn in water.

Our slippery hour.

Turning around and about.

The little hand and the big

exchange places.

The left becomes the right...

the right, the left.

We never see the same thing twice -

a subtle quality of aging.

At 13 the boat is driven

in a circle full speed.

Lines spiral out

until the water regains flatness.

The function of forgetting.

A violent event

As seen from this distance.

Define a resonant situation

where time is concerned -

where concern is timed.

Inside out.

Collapsed time.

Black holes.

Memory fails.

Time folds.

Clocks are sometimes empty.

The history of nothing is not.

After, (always)

the re-composition of the event.

Unless the event is the act of re-composition.

Second wind.

All of the books on the shelves

one hasnÕt read.

Temporary repairs.

Moving music for relativity.

The pitch of passing vehicles.

An ephemeral light event

arrives unforeseen,

leaving the book of notice open.

Is there leisure time?

No. But there are leisure suits.

Within the dimensions of a memory...

just outside.


The time it takes a clock

To run down and stop.

Dice - the quality of the throw,

the call, the roll, the fall.

The housings of light,

of luminous hands.

A gold watch,

silver hair,

bluing the grey.

Rust, amber and black.

The color of time.

The song of the unknown.

Seeking a resonance

through many passages.

The voice of clockwork.

The litany of the labyrinth detail.

Many observers form

The Watch Detail.

The night watchman is only one.

A compression

or expansion within

a moments notice.

Before and after


The flow of glass.

The decay of wood.

The life of stone.


within the house of time.

An informed sense of probability sings

to the navigation of possibility.

The unknown also sings.

On the road,

the ticking of the broken white line.

Spring rain

erodes a temporary passage.

A person picks up a stick

and scratches an alternate rut.

The clock of erosion is diverted.

The internal clock of light.

When I hear a song from those years...

November Light


Long Shadows.

Futuristic Car design of 1950.

A broken dashboard clock.

Awkward Clothing.

Burning the candle at both ends,

a circular wick re-invents the wheel.

Night drawings

in passing - bending.

Headlights follow

the angles of the walls.

The way sound gives clues

to the day.

Cicadas on a white hot day.

The drone of traffic.

The physicality of silence.

Day to day life observes

lost time.

An average day.

Infinite information

Finite time.


Two Loons on a moonless night.

The sound in a vacant house.


Worn stone steps.

Distant highway metal bridge gridwork.

Melting ice.

Memory fails.

Breaks down.



Lost in a moment.

A suspended sense.

When repetition

breaks down perception.

The scale of time is lost on us.

A watch held.

Left in the street.

Run over and over.

Broken shards

embedded in tar.

Just lost in the viscous warm black.

A clock from a distance

just out of range...

Almost real time.

A slight slowdown.

An internal clock sometimes sings

with a note of friction.

Bathing in the light of blue gravity.

Red in the light of evening

goes on into blue light escaping.

Headlight lit details.

Threshold into black.

Revolving door - counter clockwise.

Ever so slightly,


the characters were altered.

Speed was more important

than intricacy.

Her handwriting

became barely legible,

against slow words

hand held.

A shadow

follows intricate directions.

Attempting to take in

the specifics of the moment.

Night driving trajectories of

color in light motion.

Night flying over light energy grids.

The qualities of notice

in relation to velocity.

The shadow of a decoy

in artificial light

A drone holds a place

where the scale of time is erased.

Drifting where water is all horizon.

As if sound events were landmarks

for navigation.

Slow light just now reaching

a very distant source.

The speed of a neural response.

The velocity of a thought.

The in-between.

From time to time there is

rapid change.

Temporary repairs...

masking tape,

flimsy plastic, etc.

A piece of plywood.

The bottom of the Ford Falcon rusted out.

One could see the road as a blur

through this hole. Age 12.

I become unsure of my age.

Search time.


With one hand.

The memory of a diary collecting dust.

An analogy

that sometimes seems

to stands still.

It can never be held.

Still life room

when light streams in -

dust hovering,

slowly circulating.

Forgetting the date and day.

The properties are mapped

onto devices.

A tree merges with a fence

through growth.


up-rooted after a storm.

The branches removed.

The distance of time

smooths the violence of an event.

Black trees after a rain

lit in bright side light.

A strong early morning wind.

The splitting of a log.

A rusted wedge.

Concentrated energy motion

breaks the rings.

Rust transferred by fingers


Binding the grafts.

Circling the branch.



Translating the thought.

into the gesture.

Worn arc

where a tree

has blown against a house.

A tree.

The same location.

A set of atmospheres.

A Tree removed, becomes this chair.

This paper, this light.

Stone sanctuary.

Shadow on a sundial.

A carved chess set


in the last position.

A sundial lit at night.

Yard light.


Sharpening a sense of clarity.

The sound of all the clocks

Striking together, slightly off.

Trying to Determine which clock is

correct by the sound.

A wash of rust down a brick wall.

Copper bleeding across a stone face.

The delicate expression of erosion.

A proximity to a hotel empty of activity.

The occupants have left traces.

Crystal chandeliers-vacant hall.

Cut granite facade.

Each room holds many stories.

Each story holds many rooms.

From a distance

a tall building speaks eloquently

through schedules of light.

The perfection of a particular chair.

The way light enters.

Blue housing.

Blue evening light escaping.

Threshold lit by a headlight.

Standing before empty stands.

Scratches around a worn handle.

The gardenerÕs wrists and hands.

Time lines in leather gloves.

To maintain, to seed, to trim,

then cutting back.

The dank odor of soil,

temperature and humidity.

Greenhouse light.

The old rotary push mower.

Walking the lawn spreader.

Fertilising row by row.

The sound of garden shears

and the electric trimmer.

Watering schedules.

The coiled hose.

Coverage in winter.

Wooden guards stand watch.

Boats in bright blue plastic tarps.

An hourglass resting on itÕs side.

The internal mechanism of a clock tower

with moving figures.

Obscured torso.

Someone falters and adjusts.

The gestures that go on inside.

Time lines.



Winding motion.

Runway architecture.

Airport lights.

The control tower.

All of the places designated

for observation.

Landing gear.

The moment of deployment.

Breaking the timelessness.

One plane relative to another

crossing at different altitudes.

Shiny black shoes.

Old black shoes.

A proximity to a person watching.

A group of people looking on

after an accident.

People waiting to see something

then going about their business.

Someone obscured / hands fidget.

Hands in pockets.


Trying all the keys to see which one fits.

Emotional architectures.

The gestures that go on inside.

Bill Seaman 1989