from Third Sequence: Time
“Yet the sensation of passing time can be very different. Dr. Zauberman said,
‘depending on what your think about, and how.’”
Tweezing eyebrows and thinking about refinancing the mortgage
Tweezing eyebrows and thinking about a daughter’s curfew
Sledding and not thinking (was I six?)
Cooking and not thinking (was it stir-fry?)
Riding in a train to visit my sister and recalling how I told her to be quiet every
night of our childhood (—now sorry)
Fuck it. Five minutes left to the test, she filled in the rest of the bubbles and left.
As her father drove her to flute lessons she kept talking so he wouldn’t ask her
how she was doing in school. Or anything else.
Tweezing eyebrows and thinking about the lice outbreak
Riding the train to see a lover—the heat blasting under the seat, the vibration
He loved researching at the Forty-Second Street Library, to spend the day viewing
rolls of micro-film on penny-dreadfuls.
Reading the news on the war, listening to the same, watching. Never not
watching suicide bombers
Googling killer bees and extinction
Tweezing, I remember to use the pressure cooker for root vegetables