Time Travel is More Complicated

When they were young, I read to my children
every night, first together then separately,
as their tastes and reading levels parted.
I don’t know why. It’s what the experts said you should do.
My Father’s Dragon, Charlie and his chocolate.
Anne of Green Gables. I think they liked it.
I know I did.

If I could freeze time, preserve
a single moment in amber, it would be that.
If I could fly faster than the speed of light,
it would be only to travel back to that
bedroom, children clustered, reading aloud.

But I can’t. Hawking aside, you
can’t travel backward in the fourth dimension,

Last night, Alice said, Hey Dad, wanna hear
something funny? She read it to me, just like I once
read to her and I closed
my eyes and listened. I told her
laughter was making my eyes water.

Time travel is more complicated than I realized.
So is everything else.

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William Bernhardt is the author of over forty books, including Challengers of the Dust, the bestselling Ben Kincaid series of courtroom novels, the Red Sneaker books on fiction writing, the Shine young adult series, and two books of poetry, most recently The Ocean's Edge. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife novelist Lara Bernhardt and their children.

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