Aphelion Issue 274, Volume 26
July 2022
Long Fiction and Serials
Short Stories
Flash Fiction
Submission Guidelines
Contact Us
Flash Writing Challenge
Dan's Promo Page

The Time Machine

by Richard Tornello

Atoms pulse. Light has velocity. Traffic tickets cost money.

Femtoseconds, a name given to the spaces between
pulses, can be calibrated as needed.
Planetary rotational activity can be measured,
a necessity for living
happen, locally, universally.
And within the human
calibrated pulses,
things can be done, too
a degree of precision.

Time, described, writ and played,
in wishes, dreams, and books,
in videos and on stage,
an ingrained/embedded/clinging/clutching illusion
the deepest order,
a sop,
the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, and all the gods.


To propose:
to go forward in time,
would be akin to running faster than a bus,
plot its path, its mass calculated, and expect, within that very bus,
as a god, and would wish it,
to view the new and old passengers on board in their activity,
I suppose could happen?
Likewise, moving to a past-event-space, attempted and undertaken travel
and similarly calibrated,
yet another bus
from another space route, as you entered into the time cone path,
would serve you,
space pizza.
empty, an open manhole of a space place.

A solution to this confusion:
Step outside the universe, faster than its total motion,
and then?
As an elevator opens
alight, and?
no thing
a bigger bus?


Time machines are brains,
and so ends with the death, and the machine holder’s last breath,
a return to the infinite, timeless, always.


“As the earth spins, the clock ticks, the calendar flips, and you say no time?
Blaspheming old man,
you’re insane.”

© 2011 Richard Tornello

Find more by Richard Tornello in the Author Index.

Comment on this story in the Aphelion Forum

Return to Aphelion's Index page.