Last night I sat on the rooftop and watched the first full moon of autumn rise higher and higher above a jagged mountain. I watched the lights of mud homes twinkling, many of them halfway up the side of the mountain; an impossible life, it seems, to haul water up and down every day. At 9:00 pm the city was quiet, so quiet I could hear crickets down by the trickling Kabul River, a singular catfight several blocks away, a man shutting down the metal door of his shop on Puli–surkh (Red Bridge). Summer came to its closure as that moon rose and I felt time as I have only felt in moments of my life, the time I stood behind bars, a scared and stupid sixteen year old, or for the first time on the side of an open highway with my thumb sticking out, the time I could not climb higher on the Boulder cliff, nor lower myself from danger, the time I watched life depart from my mother’s body. I watched that moon and the planet beside it, the same moon, the same planet I had watched all those other times of my life, when my life could have ended, in some cases should have ended, jumping from a plane, a cliff, or a bridge, a six-pack of Mexican rebels with shotguns in the back of a pickup under yes, a full moon, a gale force wind on Christmas eve piloting an 18-foot skiff across an open channel, driving drunk, swimming deep, running fast. Time has changed for me. Before, I always felt caught up in it. I no longer have this feeling. I never would have predicted it. I feel that person I was under all those moons, no longer a continuum but one singular inkblot with all its fingers and toes in all directions or none at all. Time has lost its linear quality. I no longer wonder about the people I love who have died as a loss to me, whether or not they are “looking down” on me, or even have the slightest bearing on that moon, only what they would say if they were here by my side. I recall the very first night in Kabul, April of 2009, the night I was told security was such, in all probability I would have to turn around and go back home. It was a culmination of a series of losses that felt like death in life to me. It was also the last time I felt time as a personal journey. So as I reflect upon this week, I must say it has been yet another culmination I could not have foreseen, like this moon or that, the ones that compelled me to love, or to write a poem, even though all of them are one.