Aphelion Issue 278, Volume 26
November 2022
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Grandfather Paradox

by Paul Van Peenen

Didn't like the way things were going
So, for a change, I studied hard,
Applied to medical school,
Was accepted, learned a few tricks
And then, when I felt ready,
I let that wormhole suck me back
Sixty years, back to the Michigan
Farmhouse where my grandfather
Grew into a young man.

No, I did not murder him.

I simply sedated him, brought out
My surgical tools and performed
A quick vasectomy so that abracadabra,
None of this ever happened.

© 2022 Paul Van Peenen

Paul Van Peenen lives in Eugene, Oregon. He has had work published in Seattle Review and Poetry Super Highway among other venues.

Find more by Paul Van Peenen in the Author Index.