The problem with boundaries: in the blink of an eye a dozen crows lose their individuality and become a flock. Same as now: frayed seconds disappear into quarters that transfer their worth into the afternoon's account. Time flows but space isn't any worse: the flock of crows cuts the sky diagonally. It's as if a new continent were emerging to greet halfway the nascent cartographers and their dreams. Sooner or later the flock will break up into birds. The sea will crumble into waves. The waves into drops. A delicate afternoon will be calculable like harvested grain. The room will resemble a clock without hands.
From The Folding Star by Jacek Gutorow. Copyright © 2012 by Jacek Gutorow. Reprinted with permission of BOA Editions. All rights reserved.