Future Perfect


Where you were

before you were born,

and where you are

when you’re not anymore

might be very close.

Might be the same place,

though neither is

as slipper

as being here but

imagining where

you will have been - 

that point

where things land,

are finished, over, and

gone but not yet.

by Lia Purpura.

Lia Purpura (born 1964) is an American poet, writer and educator; she is currently Writer-In-Residence at University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland.

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