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day 30, poem 23

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The Time Machine
if I could go back in time
and change one thing

I would close my eyes, and twirl
the dial of the time machine
until I was done twirling.

Once arrived, I would walk
until I found
a field of flowers.

Eyes shut, I would walk through the field,
then crawl,
or roll like a pillbug,
and then do somersaults
until I was done somersaulting.

I would choose one flower,
perhaps a fully ripe one,
with bumble bees
as big as grapes
hanging over it

Or perhaps a young one,
only just beginning
to peel back its enclosing bud
and stretch its petals

And then I would change the color
of that flower. Maybe from yellow
to red, or from white to purple,
or maybe to orange polka dots.

Then I would run, run as fast as I could,
back to my time machine, hurriedly press
the button to take me back
to the present, burning
with curiosity, to find out:

what happened next?

05/05/05

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
ex_serenejo
May. 5th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
It was pretty exciting for me to read this after having seen you talk about it recently.
firecat
May. 5th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
[grin] I like it when something I am doing to waste time turns into poetry...
chickenwitch
May. 6th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
You are Fascinating!
I could feel the joy and freedom as I read your poem, I had a sense of childish in the moment freedom that I only dream about. You poem is so full of whimsy and at the same time is intensely scientific. Your poems are so geeky!
firecat
May. 6th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: You are Fascinating!
Ooh. You get it! Thank you!
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