Time's House

by Bruce Boston

Clinging to colonnades,
fading into false porticos,
beneath awnings and aluminum struts,
caught in the mouths of blunt stone gargoyles,
even lodged in the flat facades of Bauhaus elevation,
the moment past remains.

Laugh across this pond
elastic and infinitely tangible
(our coincidence and dwelling place),
and a pink tumbleweed in the Andromeda Nebula,
unleashed by the concatenation of matter's sticky ways,
begins to turn.

Streaming to the sky and back
our universe is so much synergy rampant,
an unbridled rush of ongoing echo and reflection,
the architectonic singularity of a house built for all,
the moment past passed on until it plays its progressions
round again.

Copyright © 1983, Bruce Boston

Bruce Boston is the author of forty books and chapbooks, including the novel Stained Glass Rain and the best-of fiction collection, Masque of Dreams. His stories and poems have appeared in hundreds of publications, including Asimov's Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Pedestal, Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and the Nebula Awards Showcase. His fiction has received a Pushcart Prize and the Best of Soft SF Award. His poetry has won a record seven Rhysling Awards, a record four Asimov's Readers' Awards, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. He lives in Ocala, Florida, City of Trees, with his wife, writer-artist, Marge Simon.

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