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          John William Dunne–
 
          Accomplished Anglo/Irish aeronautical engineer
 
          Designer of Britain’s
          Early military aircraft
 
          Envisions flying machine
          That needs no steering
 
          No steering
 
          Flight of the zanortia seed
 
          Parachute seeds
          Fly through the air
 
          Carried by wind
 
          Fly
 
          Staying at a hotel
          In Sussex
 
          Dreams one night
 
          Having an argument
          With one of the waiters
 
          What is the correct time?
          What is the correct time?
 
          JW asserts
 
          It’s half past four
          In the afternoon
 
          The waiter
          Says no
 
          Can’t possibly be
 
          –Why it’s half past four
          –In the middle of the night
 
          Nonsense!
          
          What is the correct time?
          What is the correct time?
          
          No steering
 
          Carried by wind
 
          Concludes his watch
          Must have stopped
 
          Extracts 18k Grand Priz Paris Zenith watch
          From his waistcoat pocket
 
          That is precisely the case
          
          Precisely the case
          
          It has stopped
          
          Standing in the wind
 
          It has stopped
 
          Stopped
 
          In the wind
 
          At half past four
 
          Half past four
 
          Wakes from his dream
 
                              Half past four
          
          Puts on his glasses
 
          Lights a match
 
          To his surprise
 
          The watch is not
 
          As it usually is
 
          By his bedside
          Gets out of bed
 
          Parts the mosquito curtains
 
          Wakes from his dream
 
                              What is the correct time?
          
                                        What is the correct time?
          
          Finds it
 
          Lying on a chest of drawers
 
          Behind the mosquito curtains
 
          It has stopped
          
          Stopped
          
          The hands
          At half past four
 
          Half past four
 
          What is happening?
          
          Solution perfectly obvious
 
          I am a rational person
          
          Watch must have stopped
 
          Previous afternoon
 
          I must have noticed
          But forgotten
          
          Behind the mosquito curtains
 
          No steering
 
          Carried by wind
 
          Remembered in his dream
 
          Remembered
 
          Rewinds the instrument
 
          But not knowing the real time
 
          Leaves the hands as they are
 
                    As they are
          
          Dashes downstairs
 
          Find the nearest clock
 
          Set the watch right
 
          Set it right
 
          To his absolute amazement
 
          The hands
 
          Have only lost
          Two or three minutes
 
          About the amount of time
          Between waking from the dream
 
          And rewinding the watch
 
          The watch stopped
          At the actual moment
 
          Of the dream
 
          Standing in the wind
 
          Waking from the dream
 
          How did I come to see
          
          In my dream
          
          That the hands stopped
          As they actually did
          
          How?
          
          Half past four
 
          Behind the mosquito curtains
 
          Carried by wind
          Carried by wind
 
          JW Dunne
 
          Has stopped time
 
          
          
          
          
MATT BIALER is the author of seven books of poetry including Radius (Les Editions du Zaporogue), Already Here, Ark, Black Powder, The Bloop (all from Black Coffee Press) and Bridge (Leaky Boot Press) and Tell Them What I Saw (PS Publishing, UK). His poems have appeared in many print and online journals including La Zaporogue, Green Mountains Review, Gobbet, Forklift Ohio, Cultural Weekly and H_NGM_N. He is also an acclaimed black and white street photographer and watercolorist who has exhibited widely. Some of his photographs are in the permanent collections of The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New York and the The New York Public Library, and his watercolors are in many private collections. His photographic monograph, More Than You Know, was published in 2011 by Les Editions du Zaporogue, and Shadowbrook, a book of his paintings, was issued by the same publisher in 2012. Matt lives with his wife Lenora Lapidus and daughter Izzy in Park Slope, Brooklyn.