Those Days Are Gone

“Within the fictive universe, the past contains only those moments which are recalled in the present; the present consists of internal and external incidents (…).”

— Wayne Shumaker, Literature and the Irrational





walking beside you, Elaine


along fluorescent time-barriers


I stopped & cracked the hatch


to watch & listen


to future rains fall flat


before the timeless smell


of fatuous promise


& hopes that never existed –


tawdry, glittering,


palsied in brilliant unease


under the flat chalk sky


of model psychosis:


the why & where


of our love













Peter Bies © 2010



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