THE SPEED OF LIGHT
She is getting in bed when she realises she is out of the half-and-half she takes in her morning coffee. He is still dressed. He tells her he’ll walk to the market and get some for her.
The market is two blocks from their apartment. As he walks, he looks up and sees stars
that have not existed since before he was born. They did not know their light would travel so far.
He finds the half-and-half, selects two cartons, stands in line at the checkout. Light of dead stars, her asleep now in their home. Coffee she will drink when she wakes. A journey
of two blocks in the universe.