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dangling threads of alternate lives

May 9, 2011

dangling threads of alternate lives:


from the plans that came to nothing,

to the little decisions that changed directions


the advice not taken

and the applications rejected,

the active choices and

the inspired leaps


shopping lists torn up

and wishings abandoned


sometimes the futures untaken

sit muttering on the sidelines

denouncing the present

as fraudulent and phony

and sometimes

they are right


some trains wait

in the station

until you find your way back

to the platform


some ships have sailed,

and already gained the horizon,

swift with the wind of regret


some dreams recur

and recur

until the twisting thread we follow

leads us down the winding path

to walk,

for a while,

in long anticipated grace

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