Trauma Destroys the Fabric of Time

On February 17, 2015, David Brooks of the New York Times wrote an op-ed piece called “The Moral Injury” discussing David J. Morris’s book “The Evil Hours”.  Morris, a former Marine who later became a war correspondent, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and Brooks praises the book on many levels.

I was particularly moved by a quote from the book that Brooks repeated in his review, so I will repeat it here for our readers.  I feel this describes exactly my experience with dissociative fugue, which is not exactly PTSD but is a severe dissociative disorder nonetheless.

Here is the quote:

Dawn Nebula Quilt.

Trauma destroys the fabric of time.

In normal time

You move from one moment to the next

Sunrise to sunset

Birth to death.

Sunset in Coquitlam.

After trauma,

You may move in circles

Find yourself being sucked backwards into an eddy

Or bouncing like a rubber ball

From now to then

To back again…

Bouncing ball.In the traumatic universe

The basic laws of matter are suspended.

Ceiling fans can be helicopters.

Car exhaust can be mustard gas.

Incense smoke outside building.

Photo credits:  Sunset by Chad Teer, quilt by Michael F. James, bouncing ball by Michael Maggs edited by Richard Bartz, and smoky picture by Nathan Freitas.


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