This world is not a clock.
Did you think it was?
Ignore the ticking that's growing
louder. It can't be wound
back. A slow clock can be pulled
to time. A fast one, brought up
short. But a world is large. It keeps
spinning, and this model has
no reverse gear. What's lost is lost forever in
cold deep space. And not even
a second can be retrieved on
the path leading from September 10.