at night

Leonard Durso

sometimes late at night
when the words don’t come to paper
and my mind drifts too far from the reading
I entertain myself by exploring
a past that could have been
if I made other choices along the way
to where I am today
no good can come from this
but it does reaffirm the present
since whatever I could have done
or might have been
would not have allowed me to know
some of the people whose lives
intersected with mine
and having those people, those memories
still alive in my heart
was worth whatever price I paid
to get here
staring somewhat resolutely
toward the next decade
of what is this life

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10 thoughts on “at night

  1. so eloquently expressed what I talking about with my SO the other night.

    “no good can come from this” – the simple truth

    would not have allowed me to know
    some of the people whose lives
    intersected with mine

    things unfold as they unfold. looking at the positive when the mind races to the land of regret is one of life’s great challenges

  2. I do this too Leonard, the mind wanders so easily in that direction! We learn a great deal in every experience. I often feel there are only rare occasions when we can truthfully say “I wish I had never done that or never known that person.” We can only do what we do at the time with the knowledge we have. Moving on from lessons learned is a good thing. 🙂

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