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Temporal Hypothesis

by Kevin Canfield


time is

not elastic,

neither can it

be understood

as a shared reality;

our experiences

do not overlap;

they occur

consecutively,

not concurrently;

there’s a notion

that we can

all use time

concurrently—

this is untrue;

time is a simple

cosmic baton:


i use it, then

hand it over

to you—you

use it, then

you pass it on;

everybody gets

their turn, and

though our

senses suggest

otherwise,

we cannot

share time;

when i write

these words

i am using

my time;

when you

read them,

i am gone

Kevin Canfield lives in New York City. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Film Comment, and other publications.

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