By Marwa Helal and Kim Jensen
“Cool Clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It’s what makes America great.” –President Obama
New twist on an old
crime: cops have now stolen time
from this child, maker
of clocks, the wizard of clocks
was handcuffed at school. Tick, tick
hands move across a white face
blind side, slow minds. They
made the phone call in the time
it would take to stop watch. Why
this race to caste blame?
Why the rush to post, hash, and
tag? So who’s it? But
#coolclock, Ahmed. It takes a
licking and keeps on ticking
while war-torn families
land—dead, pulseless in the sand.
It keeps on ticking
in bunkers beneath black sites
in island prisons. Below
the rubble of homes
beneath drones dropping high-tech
loads, a new fangled
weather for a new kind of
war, sold from the White House
to us. And for what?
The circuit’s closed. And if there’s
a hoax—it’s on us.