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Archive for January, 2012

poetry: larkin on perspective

Posted by rigorousm on January 11, 2012

Truly, though our element is time,
We are not suited to the long perspectives
Open at each instant of our lives.
They link us to our losses: worse,
They show us what we have as it once was,
Blindingly undiminished, just as though
By acting differently, we could have kept it so.

— philip larkin, “reference back”


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