Webcam Sonnet 4: Now
Film and photograph only show
how it was. You’re seeing how it is,
now, this moment. A moody sunrise
bruising the nimbus above Hammerfest
to a nacreous flush that will never outlast
the next refresh. The very townsfolk
will miss it, unless they chance to look
now, right now. Can you catch his attention,
the man crossing the Torg, head down;
can you make him see one moment of sky
unlike all the others you and he
will walk under today, unlike the moment
passing in Padua, Jaipur, Tashkent,
that you don’t happen to be watching now?
from Long-Haul Travellers(Seren,2008), © Sheenagh Pugh 2008, used by permission of the author and the publisher.