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  • Poem of the Day: The Flash Reverses Time
    When I’m running across the city
    on the crowded streets
    to home, when, in a blur,
    the grass turns brown
    beneath my feet, the asphalt
    steams under every step
    and the maple leaves sway
    on the branches in my wake,
    and the people look,
    look in that bewildered way,
    in my direction, I imagine
    walking slowly into my past
    among them at a pace
    at which we can look one another in the eye
    and begin to make changes in the future
    from our memories of the past—
    the bottom of a bottomless well,
    you may think, but why not dream a little:
    our past doesn’t contradict our future;
    they’re swatches of the same fabric
    stretching across our minds,
    one image sewn into another,
    like the relationship between a foot and a boot,
    covariant in space and time—
    one moves along with the other,
    like an actor in a shadow play—
    like a streak of scarlet light
    across the skyline of your city
    sweeping the debris, which is simply confetti,
    candy wrappers, a can of soda,
    all the experience of a day discarded
    and now picked up
    even down to the youthful screams of play
    that put smiles on the faces of the adults
    who hear remnants of their own voices
    through a doorway leading back
    to a sunrise they faintly remember.

    A. Van Jordan, "The Flash Reverses Time" from Quantum Lyrics. Copyright © 2007 by A. Van Jordan. Used by permission of the author and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. This selection may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

    Source: Quantum Lyrics(W. W. Norton and Company Inc., 2007)

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