Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Time Travel

Time Travel

by Dana Gioia

Surely the comic books and movies have it right.
The past is waiting for us somewhere--
The table is set, soup steaming on the stove.

No theme song, please, or special effects.
This ordinary room with its preposterous lamp
and blue-chintz sofa will suffice.

How long it took to recognize
The shameless modesty of our desire--
Only to possess what we already had.

Let me unlock the door and step inside.
Will you be there at the other end,
Waiting unawares--

There on the morning we first met?

from Interrogations at Noon
Graywolf Press 2001

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