Magazine October 17, 2011, Issue

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Foreign visitors walk past a watch advertisement at the Shinsegae department store in Seoul, S.Korea, October 11, 2009. (Jo Yong-Hak/Reuters )

Time is not worn,
O lady with the Rolex on your wrist.
It wears us from the time we’re born
And when we’re gone its tickings still exist.

Your show of wealth
But shows how costly manacled you are
To what corrosive in its stealth
Eats flesh and star.

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