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?