Cronos (1993) Guillermo del Toro’s first gothic masterpiece studies the relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter through a surreal allegory about immortality and the limits of life on earth. Federico Luppi gives a stunning performance as the elderly antiques dealer who discovers a treasure that rejuvenates his blood and turns him younger. But there is a cruel price he has to pay to stay alive.
Su-Sung ‘s water clock
Measured time as flow,
Powered by a giant water wheel
And crowned by an armillary sphere
For observing positions of the stars.
Richard Wallingford’s clock in 1336
Had an astrolabe dial, displaying
The sun, the moon’s age, a star map,
And a wheel of fortune for the tides
Beneath London Bridge.
Charles Brush’s windmill of 1888
Raised its wrought-iron tower
In his Ohio mansion backyard
To fuel his electrical power
And keep his industrial clocks in order.
Inside the archaeological scarab
Is the roach that promises immortality
Is a form of Aztec vampirism.
What thins the blood keeps a flow
Tidal beneath the cheating moon.
The sundial scythes its shadow
Of death across white marble.
Hidden inside is a time capsule
Full of fond memories
That nostalgia has beatified.
[Disposable Poem July 9, 2017]