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The Fabric of Time

"In the beginning, long time ago..."

By Erin LeonardPublished 2 years ago 1 min read
The Fabric of Time
Photo by Senad Palic on Unsplash

A glance in passing at the pinball machine

With the bell chiming triple points,

I thought you were him, waiting for beautiful Suzanne to be done with her shift.

He would play there, always with an open bottle of Bud untouched, until her apron came off,

And she was free to challenge him to a game.

She held all the quarters.

I glide by you holding a tray up in my hand,

Table two was waiting for delivery of their gin and tonic

You, at his height,

You, with his stance,

Time reached forward to tug at my hips as I passed by.

The pull of here and now,

The free falling back to days shared,

The spin of things unknown before us,

I felt it.

Forty years from now,

Or whenever you and I are only a foot apart,


I take a napkin of the top of the stack on my tray and set the drink down.

Thanks sugar, the stranger says, keep the change.

Smile and keep moving, always moving, I turn to see

That your hair is dark,

Not blonde.

You bang your palms on the glass and curse.

Sore loser.

The tenor, this curse, your voice, freezes my next step.

In the sound that travels on, a chirp of two black holes colliding,

The beginning, an endearment in hearing you cuss.

That. Then. Now.

A dog, a son, a daughter.

You turn and face me.


In the space of that met stare, our newfound bewilderment.

We will dote on our grandchildren as if they are the second coming.

We will know the rage in each other.

Shared sorrows.

Always the first to laugh at the other’s joke.

You smile.

I smile back as I walk up to your empty glass.

Umm, you say, can I get another?

Of course, I answer, I’ll let your server know.

love poems

About the Creator

Erin Leonard

As a writer, I enjoy writing short stories, screenplays, and poems.

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