Poetry: "Time & Times" by Robert Van Vliet



folding the decade over on itself

acting normal and almost

succeeding passing invisible


through time and times unnaming

each moment as it collapses

with a whisper like the first


taste of sugar incurable childhood

never looking forward never

looking back no lack


of sunlight morning the only

day spring the only season

eyes in everything in bark


in candles in voices and voices

in everything in windows

in water in love in gravel


in blue stars haunting inner

ears in the sideboard in

the run-out groove but even


in this accident which passes

for choice the autumn

spreads its nightfall over


the names of every sorrow

and every regret trapped

in this endless decade





Robert van Vliet is a poet, designer, and teacher who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His poems have appeared in The Sixth Chamber Review, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, The Eunoia Review, Cool Rock Repository, Wine Cellar Press, Otoliths, and elsewhere. His website is https://www.letterspace.org/ and he eavesdrops on Twitter https://twitter.com/_robertvanvliet