Poetry

Time-Sharing

In our time together we are travelling in the heated car, a violin concerto uncoiling from the radio, hills streaming with winter cold, year-end fields worn down to seams, a blazing quiff of distant dogwood, burnt meringue of snow on mountain tops. We blurt past farms and cottages: those whose era we share are staring from net curtains at a morning chill for milking or for setting off to factories in the town, their segments of road deserted. It is like a childhood journey of sleep and open-eyed surprise, of hermetically sealed life in the eternal present before the final…

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