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ANIMALS CAN'T USE A GAUGE

Animals can't use a gauge
To measure seconds or an age,
Their genes
Cancel all go-betweens,
Their fate
Excludes the early and the late.
Animals cannot disavow
Their obliterating now.

But man is a dual legatee
Condemned in the now not to be.
Between past and future he must choose
And thus lose
The innocence
Of temporal ignorance.
Man cannot label his
That which always never is.

      — James Morford