[mp3=http://jpicforum.info/audio-poem-of-the-day/natasha-trethewey_theories-of-time-and-space.mp3]Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey[/mp3] [fieldset=Theories of Time and Space by Natasha Trethewey]You can get there from here, though there's no going home. Everywhere you go will be somewhere you've never been. Try this: head south on Mississippi 49, one- by-one mile markers ticking off another minute of your life. Follow this to its natural conclusion – dead end at the coast, the pier at Gulfport where riggings of shrimp boats are loose stitches in a sky threatening rain. Cross over the man-made beach, 26 miles of sand dumped on the mangrove swamp – buried terrain of the past. Bring only what you must carry – tome of memory, its random blank pages. On the dock where you board the boat for Ship Island, someone will take your picture: the photograph – who you were— will be waiting when you return. [/fieldset] ------------------------- "Theories of Time and Space" by Natasha Trethewey, from Native Guard. © Houghton Mifflin, 2006.