Overnight unseen arriving the one, the only snowfall to mark the season’s presence and passage. Soppy, slushy, slippy already retreating, but snow nonetheless, an unusual occurrence in The Levels where the land rests low and the water table rides high. Snowdrops appeared a few days prior delicate blossoms bright green and white against the muddy woodchip, though made of sturdy stuff, these harbinger flowers. Together for a moment ephemeral snow enchanting snowdrops, Winter’s last gasp, Spring’s first sigh.
Time does not behave now as it used to, or perhaps, just maybe from such slowing down its behaviour is more noticeable. Bound in places, held in spaces what happens to spacetime, when space contracts, time constricts? Seeing no one, unless observed remotely, from windows walking past, or in virtual space in real time – What then is real? What is time? What is space? Or Where is real? Where is time? Where is space? What have we become? Who are we becoming? Going nowhere beyond the shop, necessities seem more necessary, for they are the reason to leave one’s space for a time, venturing to other places masked and distanced. Unable to trust anyone, who knows when or whether a stranger or a friend carries the contagion, making us wary as in every moment life’s time for each individual crawls and scurries onward. What is lost of time’s trajectory, no less precious for its ephemerality, no less regretted for what feels like its wasting, differently experienced now slipping past day on day, hour by moment for a nearly a year gone forever? Shards, scraps, shreds of time tumble in free fall as autumn’s leaves landing silent and mostly unremarked forming mulch for memories.