Exigent Instants

There are moments
that stretch credulity
when you blink your eyes
and rub them
and wipe the glasses of the universe
and wonder if the edges of reality
are doing exactly
what you thought you saw them do.

There are instants
like heat waves
where a shimmer bends light
or an explosion shrivels your eardrum
that apparently only you noticed.

There are times
when axes shift
if only for a tick
and by the tock
everything’s back
to what you thought.

With that in mind
you might need to give me a minute
and go over what just happened.
You’re what?

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