Strictly speaking, we can only speak
of the present: we have this concept of it
in which everything referred to is timeless
in its identity, thus strictly unreal.
And so, we project the present unreality
as the reality we believe in, that timeless
things yet have passage in time, and are
themselves undermined as changing.
Nothing can change unless it is first
identified – its timelessness is constant;
yet, it is said to change and decay: tell me,
what paradox here eludes our detection?
We project, strictly speaking, a world
of absolute things in all things perceived;
we are already in eternity thereby;
and time is of eternity the measure.