Watch out:

the If is about.

What if

the If

stole a watch

out and about?

If the If

stole about

and watched

an About

snatch the time,

would the If

think it was

about time?

Or would the If

watch out

that it took

time out

without taking


- stolen moments?


A sense of rubato

rubbed off

on a metronome,

as it ticked off

the If

for failing

to keep strict time.

an About

had taken too many

rhythmic liberties,

along with the watch,

and so fell out

of a timely silence

only taking

a second


- or two.



the If

was out and about,

in white space,

if at all,

it’s time the If asked

an About

about the missing watch.

Moments ago,

around about then,

the If stole

your time


- and mine.


Moments later,

an About wandered about

and wondered

if it was too late

to watch.

And is waiting

about now

to see

     If . . .


Watch out.