The Leading Edge of Time

There was a time when doorways opened onto new dimensions
Far away from a reality slow to change
Dark stairwells granted passage to slow horror
Seeping between truth and dreams, melting them into one
And the magic of a word lay within reach
Or else hovered just out of sight
With always a promise that it could be grasped

This was existence crawling forward with the leading edge of time
Until reality was stretched to the breaking point—
All seemed ready to fall apart
And the monsters were waiting just behind the door
But they were banished to a prison of paper walls
To live broken with the remnants of their own horrors
When make-believe became only that

I’m not entirely sure I agree with what I ended up writing here. What do you think?

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9 responses to “The Leading Edge of Time”

  1. I love your prose. Your question well I guess it is within the readers interpretation. I see this as remembering how open to our imaginations we were at some time (as children) the older we get the less we imagine and the cold truths of the world breaks through the fantasy of our youth. So yes I see truth in this provocative poem. Love ❤️ Joni

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  2. I was viewing it more as a history of man rather than child to adult, in the sense that we once believed demons could be summoned with a word and we had to be so careful. But now we’re so much smarter and have banished all that to make-believe, while reality is… well, what exactly?

    Very cool poem!

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  3. Seems to me you have written about a severe case of writers block….no new ideas, grasping for words. But the magic of this piece is that it can be interpreted in a variety of ways as the comments above suggest. Thanks for challenging my brain….I need all the help I can get.

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