Time

I opened my eyes
Rolled over to squint
at the clock
Its arms at seven
I sighed
closed my eyes for a second
Stretched
Opened them again and it was nine
Just like that
And in that brief instant
I ran a large grocery
and fired a cashier
and I think back to
all the times I’ve
began a sentence with
“when I was in my twenties”
as if that was relevant
or even real . . .

I only closed my eyes for a second

Swim for your Life!

Time
is still

A black
bottomless
expanse from
here
to
there

Places
undefined
save in
our minds
and we
swim

Swim hard

Tiring we tread
and all that
remains is to
float until
we slip
beneath
the surface
to the
unperturbed
deep

Neatly absorbed

Not a ripple
cast
No time elapsed
or passed
or flew

Only we moved

Noisily

Splashing
through an
unchanging
immeasurable
truth

It’s No O’Clock

Time is
undivided
wild
unbridled

tanned and toned
with curly blonde
locks
bounding over
mountaintops

through deep
sea gloom

in the
emergency room
when they call
time-of-death

in the creasing lines
beside my eyes

from fingertip to fingertip
holding all of space
primordial

ancient
never aging
a day

surfing “OM”
through Himalayan
caves
not here
not there
nowhere
everywhere
I can say

I’ve seen him
on occasion

grinning

watching me
race
to and fro
as though
I could
outpace him