Theory of Relativity
Waking, you discover
our life lasted a few minutes;
only women in paintings live slower.
The truth of backs is
the towel will never dry them. The tsunami
gathers but does not land.
is beyond the gods who statue lush Tahiti.
Did you once think nights
only ended if you fell asleep?
If plums imagined
the basket that contains them,
then Sunday, then summer.
I walk correcting the meadow’s tangles
and my fingers lose their order.
It is not in our power
to reverse the oversweetened coffee,
to become mistaken.
“Theory of Relativity” first appeared in Nine Mile Magazine and is from Disappeared (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2017