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That time keeps on
into the future
isn’t true,
strictly speaking.

It slips past, if anything,
like a train.
It also slips
into the past as if
the past were a bog
capable of swallowing trains,
an enormous suck
into which disappear
entire railroading concerns
and also everything else.

But flying like an eagle?
Oh yes, Steven Haworth Miller,
that for sure.

Photo by Antonio Lainez on Unsplash

Mischa Willett

Mischa Willett is the author of The Elegy Beta (2020) and Phases (2017) and editor of Philip James Bailey’s Festus (2022). His poems, essays, translations, and academic articles appear in a wide range of venues. He teaches English at Seattle Pacific University. More information can be found at