you were under the impression
that time is linear
moving in one direction
so you did what you wanted
wrote bad checks
that only bounce
once the next generation
comes of age
you say history
repeats itself
but again
only in one direction
the past rolling
past the present
and into the future

she was all of 4 feet
45 pounds
wearing a gas mask
to big for her head
and without shoes
holding the weight
of the future
at your head
and not at all afraid
to pull the trigger
and you asked
who is she and
how did she get here
and she says
time is not linear
and pulls the trigger
all your time spilling out of your head
on to the white
marble bank floor

when the police investigation begins
witnesses can’t identify
the assailant
no one recognizes
their own future
or anyone else’s for that matter
when confronted with it
as quickly as she came
she was gone
changing our past
altering your present
rolling the dice on her future

the lead detective
was getting bogged down
in minutiae
he pulled back to macro
remembering why everything
about this crime felt so familiar
noticing a pattern
this wasn’t the first time
a no one came from some where
to kill here and now
there were more than a handful
of these cases growing cold
all over the world
in government offices
and in board rooms of corporations
and he floated a theory
but only to himself
a theory that if true
would keep this case cold
what if the future
is coming back
not to alter itself
but to make the past pay
in the present

-vagabond ©

Note: April being poetry month i wanted to challenge myself to have a poem with an accompanying piece of art for each day of the month posted in this space here… Share what you like… both online and off…



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