“Somewhere in Time”
Today I am sitting on a tree branch on Skyline Street
which might as well be the lobby of a hotel in Mackinaw Island,
watching the children toss their toys at the trampoline.
I am dreaming of my golden dress again
and the store in Gloria where I will be fitted for the future.
A small boy and I recognize each other
from our past life spent together in Alexandria.
He and I weep over the velvety robes, the looming statues and the
and collapse upon the hot sand
remembering the Ancient Library
and the faded walls
with the richest culture.
We will meet again in 2,000 years
when this is all figured out.
We will both need that much time,
based on the history past,
the loss of antique arts and the tarnished pearl.
I give it at least two millennia
before the ground embraces us together in the sand
and we become one in the next age.
I wrote this is 2010 with inspiration from a poem by Gerald Stern for a Creative Writing assignment. It was published in Aquinas College’s The Sampler.