could have

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 . . .


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.


Wisława Szymborska

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4 Responses to could have

  1. leander42 says:

    I don’t comment so much nowadays but I have to say I found this quite moving.

  2. Ian Moone says:

    Very nice really enjoyed it

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