Time is a deep river with a fast current,
the past somewhere upstream.
You can try to swim against the flow,
but it’s no use. It’s exhausting, and pointless.
You can’t go there any more.
You might taste a memory,
But are soon worn out and
forced to tend to more immediate problems.
Just let the water
carry you along. It’s much easier.
You hear the shouts and cries of others.
The banks are near and sharp.
The past is out of sight and
mist hides everything downstream.
The water is white, though, and turbulent.
You can’t see the rocks and drowned snags until you’re
right on them. Then it’s up to luck and leg strength.
Sometimes you miss them, sometimes they get you.
Sometimes the screams you hear are your own.
But always the flow is strong, and pushes down,
through unseen things into the future.