there is no synonym for reunion


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
eviscerates everything.

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.

10 thoughts on “there is no synonym for reunion

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  1. You’re moving along by quantum leaps and bounds. Poem first rate, and the match with the image — incredible. (Well, of course, it may have started the other way round, with the image. Still incredible.)

    1. Did you just get a little Trekkie on me – “quantum leaps and bounds”? Let’s just say the poem came first and it’s one more story for the books.

  2. I have been here before
    here where the path curves
    carves a jagged line in old memories

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