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Random [Apr. 16th, 2007|05:21 pm]
Wizard of Changes -- ©cdozo 2004 to 2015
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"Could Have"
by Wislawa Szymborska

It could have happened.
It had to happen.
It happened earlier. Later.
Nearer. Farther off.
It happened, but not to you.

You were saved because you were the first.
You were saved because you were the last.
Alone. With others.
On the right. The left.
Because it was raining. Because of the shade.
Because the day was sunny.

You were in luck — there was a forest.
You were in luck — there were no trees.
You were in luck — a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,
a jamb, a turn, a quarter inch, an instant.
You were in luck — just then a straw went floating by.

As a result, because, although, despite.
What would have happened if a hand, a foot
within an inch, a hairsbreadth from
an unfortunate coincidence.

So you’re here? Still dizzy from another dodge, 
close shave, reprieve?
One hole in the net and you slipped through?
I couldn’t be more shocked or speechless.
Listen,
how your heart pounds inside me.

       -- Wislawa Szymborska
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[User Picture]From: ndozo
2007-04-17 04:15 am (UTC)
Everything is making me cry. This is too sad. I can't be completely happy that my kids are ok because all those people's kids are dead. I love this poem. Life is so random. Death is so random. Do you think that if tears get in my keyboard it will screw up the computer?
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