The Present               


Presently he appeared before her, presentless

Showing, in her prescence, a lack of prescience

Which he presented to her as the present,

Since the past is tenseless, the future tense.


He could pursue the ghost of things present

Or, at Christmas, find the mass of Christ;

This would not be in ounces but in grammes,

Since metric is more meticulous than most.


There is not an artefact so artless

That its wit could harness virtue

To his simple yearning brief.,

Since brevity, in the present, holds past and future.


That well-remembered partners' past

Whose parts are participled to the future,

This is her present to him and his to her

Since they are part and parcel of each other.



Sidney Schuman

January 1997