I was what one used to call ‘clairvoyant’
and sometimes got a glimpse of what was to come.
And so I knew about the disc
that one day will be sent out into space
with the entire history of the human race
from the poets Sappho and Einstein
to the tragic misunderstanding.
When it is played on the distant planet
a mistake is made about the speed
so that what had taken a hundred years
has to make do with a minute.
It sounds like the late-summer crickets in the meadow.