but for those short times we seemed to be alive

You, the boy who taught me how to count coffee cups at night, I have finally found a place for you.

pe·num·bra
/pəˈnəmbrə/
(noun)
the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object.


Going There
Jack Gilbert

Of course it was a disaster.
The unbearable, dearest secret
has always been a disaster.
The danger when we try to leave.
Going over and over afterward
what we should have done
instead of what we did.
But for those short times
we seemed to be alive. Misled,
misused, lied to and cheated,
certainly. Still, for that
little while, we visited
our possible life.

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