The Chinese built water clocks

And formulated the concept of the Tao.


Europeans built clocks with gears

And came up with a mechanistic view,


Until scientific investigations revealed

The piezoelectric properties of quartz:


Constant vibration, electromechanical motion,

As long as there is a steady supply of juice.


The trembling, flickering of an eyelid,

Crystalline flecks in a web of conductors,


Inducing magnetic fields, like ripples

In a vast ocean caused by tiny rain droplets,


While above, geostationary satellites synchronise.

Are we entering a New Stone Age?