Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness

There is a woman in Munich

whose damaged brain knows life

as a sequence of still photographs

changing stroboscopically – a cup overflows

while the just tipped teapot lingers

in her mind; distant cars

at the end of the street

suddenly are upon her – edges

of overlapping instants

no longer fit together:

It’s all a fractured dream


– as it must be

for those in boxcars

who left their homes

only a moment ago.

Harvey Shepard is a professor emeritus of physics
at the University of New Hampshire.

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