In our silence, we were asking
those questions friends who trust each other
ask out of great fatigue,
each one hoping the other knows more.

and when this isn’t so, hoping
their shared impressions will amount to insight.

Is there any benefit in forcing upon oneself
the realization that one must die?
Is it possible to miss the opportunity of one’s life?

Questions like that.

Louise Gl├╝ck, “Averno”