We cannot help wondering about
the human population on X6,
and their ancient warheads and fresh
disregard of our agents’ directives.
We know nothing of recriminations
or reprieve except that in some universe
when our storyline became a tangled mess
we discovered new dimensions or
new worlds discovered us.
Then we suddenly found ourselves
in a different past or future
our hands and feet in zip ties
the hasty firing squad outside.
We cannot contain the things we’d ask
now our own selves are not the sole objects
of our wonder, now we can’t see the future
for the past, and futures we imagined
seem already passed, the planet a house
we once lived in going on without us
while our terrors multiply. We know how
the next thing happens: the road we’re on threads
through us till we are no longer us, till
there’s just the drift, the float, the between that
comes with disaffection, the hole we wear
in the world that makes saying giving up.
No signals yet not meaning all’s benign,
the sentence we don’t know is counting down.