Jewish Journal

Wish you were here you are

by Rachel Zucker

Posted on Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

<em>Central Park, image via Shutterstock.com</em>

Central Park, image via Shutterstock.com

time isn’t the same for everyone there is

science behind this when you fly into space

you’re not experiencing time at the same rate

as someone tethered to Earth & someone

moving quickly experiences time at a slower rate

even on Earth so as I run through Central Park

at a speed not much faster than walking but slightly

I am shattering fields of time around me

& experiencing time differently from those I pass

last night I saw my son’s adult self &

in the same moment toddler self this really

happened he was playing “Wish You Were Here”

by Pink Floyd on his electric guitar & feeling it

he’s 11 & in between 2 kinds of time on the verge

of worlds I think we are too you & I who are old

young women it’s not all ‘downhill from here’ we are

here you are & I am & this beautiful moment our sons

From “The Pedestrians.” Copyright 2014 by Rachel Zucker. Reprinted with permission of the author and Wave Books. 

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, “The Pedestrians.” Her book “Museum of Accidents” was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 2013. Zucker teaches poetry at New York University.

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