The future

For a moment he was given his future:

a prophetic pulse racing to the horizon

of his life and washing it stark and certain,

the glacier of days crisp with everything

he would ever achieve, the pitiful lies he

would tell his wife, his son’s estrangement,

the shape of his death entombed in the future.

He became known for decisiveness, for clear

thinking and shrewd investments, for a cavalier

approach to his own safety, dismissive and

inconsiderate of others. He was never surprised.

There was no change. Doubt became intolerable.

When he looked back, he could see

the past billowing behind him, distant and

shapeless. He no longer understood any of it.

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