Weel done Edinburgh for returning the “politician’s clock” tae the window of Transit House on Calton Hill.
In this post I share what I have found in the archives about this clock [the quotes about time and clocks come from works by Gabriel García Márquez and Chigozie Obioma]. The footnote poem is by me and is written for Catherine Ritchie (mother of David Ross)
The Politician’s Clock
Child on tippy-toes
on a chair
winding her grandfaither’s clock.
we are a’ in transit
facing a warld
It wis saiven-twenty when you finished
winding the clock:
so the sailors recalled [arriving and leaving Leith docks]
And noo we hae “electric time”
and yer grandfaither stands tall in
Maxwell Clerk waves, , , ,
For A S T R O V [and us all]
the transit clock
will strike TWELVE
But Catherine, wee Catherine, the Bell of the transit clock now rings again.
Granite piers do not float –
and voyaging sailors discover
that time is not ‘two faced’.