The Innisfree Poetry Journal

by David Derbin Nolta



Time's the old illusion of a road

Until you kiss the asphalt: then it's real.

You must have seen it coming, heard the squeal

Of your bewildered tires, when you toed


The brake as if discovering it, and flew

Forward and back simultaneously,

Experiencing for once the quality

Of stillness, which is violent when it's true.


Now, crouching in a ditch between two fields,

The past and future—both and neither present—

You wait. An ambulance expands, insistent

(The siren sings your very name), and yields.


Next thing you know, you're on your way again,

Or someone's way. You thank the anesthetics,

Your friends, who, it turns out, are paramedics,

And God, who lets you keep your life. That's when


You notice—but it could be the contusion—

The fields, both past and future, disappear,

The yellow house, the drifting sky, the deer,

And the road, of which Time is the old illusion.

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