This machine I just invented
will take a bleached steer skull
and inflate it like a balloon
so it will float slowly around
the edge of a rain-soaked pasture.
I brought it here to show to you
today because it will also put the
words we said back into our mouths,
put the ink on the documents
forming our divorce papers back
into the pens, lift our adult child off
his therapist's couch and continue
to play the film of our lives backwards
until we arrive at the happy couple
staring and smiling down into the crib.
That's you and me there turning out the
light and closing the door. It will also
put toothpaste back into its tube.