• “tick-tock cog”: I first wrote escapement, the wheel with teeth and the little rocking thing that makes the tick-tock sound and regulates the movement of the hands to keep proper time. Escapement seemed too much like a $10 word for PIN.
  • Newton: The apple guy, not the fig cookie guy. Sir Isaac. He first described the laws of motion which govern things like the orbits of planets (his first concern) but a lot of other things as well. Clockwork is often used as a shorthand way of describing Newton’s Law’s, as opposed to the infinitely brilliant silliness of quantum mechanics with their quarks and such. “Strange” is my favorite “flavor of quark, by the way. Yes, they call them flavors instead of say, types. And you thought math people had no sense of humor.
  • Coriolus: The Coriolus Force is why flushing toilets spin one way in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern. More fully: an effect whereby a mass moving in a rotating system experiences a force (the Coriolis force ) acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation. On the earth, the effect tends to deflect moving objects to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern and is important in the formation of cyclonic weather systems.
  • Tiny Maelstrom: If you are here because you noticed that the rhyme scheme, the pattern of repeated sounds, of the first part doesn’t match the rest of the poem, please note the ornately framed Poetic License on the wall over my desk. To my ear it’s not disruptive. If you’re reading this because you think it does, leave a comment and I’ll think about it. If you are on this page then, well, we’re all in this together.
  • wrassling: If you are from the south, you know what I mean but probably wonder why I put a “g” on the end of it. You may know it as wrestling.
  • poetic license: the freedom to depart from the facts of a matter or from the conventional rules of language when speaking or writing in order to create an effect. This explains wrassling, and some other things in the poems. I made mine in Microsoft Word, and it is tastefully framed over my desk. (See snark below.)
  • Bashō: A Japanese Zen monk and haiku poet. Bamboo figures prominently in Japanese art, although Pandas are native to China. Much of Japanese culture was imported originally from China, as the Roman’s robbed the Greeks who robbed the  Egyptians. So it goes. A half-moon bridge is a semi-circular bridge you must literally climb rather than walk up and down, a feature of Japanese gardens. Click the link behind Bashō if you want to know more about him.
  • “whorl”: a pattern of spirals or concentric circles. Just in case  you didn’t know. My advice: let the sound inform you of the meaning in the context of words around it. You know what whirl means, right? if you need to look a word up later, do it later. Do Not let Andriod or iOS look it up for you inline on your xThing. Go with the flow. You’re in the hands of professionals. You’re reading poetry now. Read the dictionary later.
  • snark: Combination of “snide” and “remark”. Sarcastic comment(s). I think these notes are funny, not snarky. If you disagree, comments are turned on. Tell me to cut it out. My girlfriend does it all the time and you have not only her permission but her enthusiastic encouragement.