In the year 1901

on the floor of the Aegean Sea

a diver found the lump of

something unimaginable,

unthinkable, unfathomable,

an intricate mechanism


from anything of value

until technology

revealed the workings

of a complex mechanical

computer capable of predicting

with perfect accuracy the

swirling of the cosmos,

the relative position of stars

and planets for any year

entered with the turn of a handle,

a symphony of

gears, levers and inter-connected

cam shafts, astonishing

and thousands of years

before our own.

The only thing it could not

predict and failed to grasp

utterly, the day on which a

storm would send it to the bottom

and transform it into a mirror.