by Amy Hornstein
For me there is lightness in the phrase as if it were. It does not insist but suggests that things might be different than they seem. We need only imagine that they could be and then live, briefly, in that world. Let us assume for a moment and proceed. There is no need to struggle; nothing must be fought or forced. What would life be like if it were in our grasp to make the possible feel true?
Amy Hornstein lives and works in Berkeley, California.