False fruition or
the theory of infinitely expandable time.
It’s the familiar rule of restlessness.
The more the minutes close in,
the more time casts an ever wider net.
Just hang the socks or check the mail
and infant moments are born.
Calculate the seconds,
halve the time,
and you’ll just make it,
before a door shuts.
Marianne Brems’ first poetry chapbook is Sliver of Change (Finishing Line Press, 2020). Her second chapbook Unsung Offerings is forthcoming in 2021. Her poems have appeared in literary journals including The Pangolin Review, Nightingale & Sparrow, The Sunlight Press, and The Tiny Seed Literary Journal. She lives and cycles in Northern California. www.mariannebrems.com