2022 Nov 24: Coda


~ by Jason Shinder

And now I know what most deeply connects us

after that summer so many years ago,

and it isn’t poetry, although it is poetry,

and it isn’t illness, although we have that in common,

and it isn’t gratitude for every moment,

even the terrifying ones, even the physical pain,

though we are halfway through

it, or even the way you describe the magnificence

of being alive, catching a glimpse,

in the store window, of your blowing hair and chapped lips,

though it is beautiful, it is; but it is

that you’re my friend out here on the far reaches

of what humans can find out about each other.

From Stupid Hope, Jason Shinder, 2008.



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