I wanted my skin to be soft,
so you couldn’t feel the years between us.
I thought that might preclude
the inevitable side effects of time travel.
That if NOW was soft and loving,
maybe THEN wouldn’t matter.
But it wasn’t THEN I needed to worry about.
The prime directive of time travel says:
time changes everything……………and nothing.
That no matter how soft my skin,
how sweet the intention,
the truth of WHAT IS
I have been here before.
WORDS: ©2014, Jen Payne
IMAGE: Mirror, Paul Delvaux, 1939. Paul Delvaux was a Belgian painter associated with Surrealism, famous for his paintings of female nudes.