LATENCY.

D Christie
Joey is my identical twin brother.
He was born seven minutes after I was.
There is a lot of responsibility
being an older brother
I have to set an example.

Joey says: you’re only seven minutes older than me;
you’re not that much older than me.
I say: Joey. Joey...
Maybe in seven minutes you’ll understand.

Seven minutes pass and Joey says to me,
Joey says: I’m as old as you were now. But I say,
I say: Joey. Joey...
That was seven minutes ago.

I was a different person then.
D Christie is a writer of poetry and prose. He lives and studies creative writing in Montréal, and has had his work published in the Headlight Anthology, and Bad Nudes.