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Reconsider your reasons for travel;
they are likely inadequate.

If you insist upon leaving,
set your affairs in order first.

Carefully calculate coordinates,
accounting for celestial mechanics.

Remember that there is no returning
to the future you once inhabited.

Your appearance will thereafter alter
the timeline at which you arrive.

Many of us spend our lifetimes
searching for the worlds we left.

Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but now lives in Pittsburgh.  She has won the Rhysling Award and been nominated for the Elgin Award for her poetry.  “The Sign of the King” is part of her epic fantasy about King Xau, more of which may be read at
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