Said Time

Velocity is a color, said time. A bicycle like a deck of cards fallen into a car wash. The herds of disappearing cities.

A closing door, what color is that for time? I will remember nothing. I will remember everything. I will do both and neither. Just in case.

Forever, like lost love,
Is making ridiculous faces
On the radio.

Forever, said time, is perpendicular to fleeting, like the first snow surrounding the streetlights, how the sun steeped in yellow-burgundy presses in on time and space.

How is that for fleeting?

18 thoughts on “Said Time

  1. “I will remember nothing. I will remember everything. I will do both and neither. Just in case.” – this is so lovely.

    “Forever, said time, is perpendicular to fleeting” – adore this! I have often wanted to use the word perpendicular in a line and never have. This whole line is perfect.

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  2. Love this one, and the principles of time and space and speed and all that cosmological jazz. It’s also very funny. Like everyone else, I loved the line about forever making ridiculous faces on the radio (which we can’t see, haha–that is perfect for this piece.)

    I like how time is speaking throughout this poem–how it’s “saying” something about velocity and forever, which is itself “perpendicular to fleeting” (awesome phrase which captures so much) in the sense that it’s like a word on the tip of your tongue, or a dream you’re trying to recall. I loved the imagery of the snow around the streetlights, which is so dreamlike and lovely and soft. The snow is such a calming sight.

    And I really liked “I will do both and neither. Just in case.” The absurdity! Which is how “forever” (or infinity) really hits us in an emotional sense, as absurd.

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    1. I’m glad the humor came through. And I think you’re right….how else can we approach infinity but with some absurdity? I recently watched a documentary on Netflix about infinity…and the mathematicians and philosophers when talking about infinity just had a a perplexed look on their faces. It hurts your head, but being just a small part of that is also a liberating. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

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      1. Nice! I love thinking about things like infinity and all the physics stuff, but for someone who barely made it through math in school, I’m glad there are people who can explain it to a layman like me.

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      2. David Foster Wallace wrote a great book about mathematical infinity. I think it’s called ‘Everything and More’ but it became incomprehensible to me in the second half of the book.

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