Where would you go if you had a machine
You could climb inside and press sets of buttons
And pull various levers until there’s a whirring
And a flashing of lights. Your brain starts to swill
As the pulling of time twists your insides.
Would you go to the Ice Age and ride on the mammoth
Or visit the Tudors and watch a Shakespearean play?
Perhaps you’d go forward to a time we don’t know
Where there’s robots and AI, and holograms
So pop stars can sing in ordinary front rooms.
But what if you played with the time-space continuum
And our lives were all altered beyond recognition?
Would you still travel if it changed all you knew?
I am in love with any story that deals with time travel or parallel story lines. Anything like The Time Traveler’s Wife, About Time or Sliding Doors are right up my street. I think that the reason I love these stories so much is that they get my little brain ticking and thinking what if?
I wonder if I would actually like to go forwards or backwards and whether there would be any repercussions. I also wonder what my life would be like if I made a single decision just a little bit differently; would my life be completely different?
I’m always so curious about those photos you see on Facebook that were taken in the 1930s and in the middle of the crowd there is a man in Ray bans and board shorts. I know that they are probably photoshopped but it still gets me thinking. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you spotted somebody you knew in one of those photos? What would you do if you asked them about it and they just smiled and shrugged?
I’m sure that time travel has been achieved, just like there are probably loads of things that we don’t know about what the powers that be know of UFOs. I promise I’m not a conspiracy theorist but stories about these kinds of things are always going to pull me in; I’m a sucker for them.
2 thoughts on “travelling forwards and backwards in time”
Time is such a fascinating thing, isn’t it? so often we think of it as linear, but then again, maybe it’s not. I recently read a great book called Fifty in Reverse by Bill Flanagan that’s about a sixty-five-year-old guy who wakes up as his teen self in 1970. It’s got some funny moments, but more than that, it’s an exploration of what might happen if we could go back and undo our big mistakes. Would it make a difference? What might happen? It’s a fine read.
I love stories about time travel and changing history… someday, after I finish telling the main story in DLTDGB, I might do some episodes about what if things had gone differently, how one little change could have changed my life, stuff like that… (in addition to my original idea of retelling some stories from other characters’ perspectives).