At seven, Rosie is turned into a minor prophet:
“I predict we will have crumpets for breakfast,”
“I can tell the future: it will be bedtime soon.”
Gradually, as often happens, prognostication
slips into determinism: “I foresee chocolate
eggs arriving from the shop,” “I may be late
going to bed tonight.” Her sibylline accuracy
knows no bounds, at least for now, necessity
and chocolate combining like an equation
formulated by a tiny physicist daydreaming
that there is nothing but Newtonian law,
that two plus two might always equal four.
Jonathan Taylor is an author, editor, critic and lecturer. His books include the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015) and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013). He is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester in the UK. His website is http://jonathanptaylor.co.uk.