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As Fate would finally have it after all the years

each turned their heads just in the nick

to see the other passing, remarking later

that had one or the other not turned

had she paused at the shoe store windows as usual

had he bought his ticket a little more quickly

had he strolled on in, eager to find his place

had either been diverted for even a few seconds

the convergence would not have happened

and none the wiser, they’d each have had

their evenings swim on in the usual way

nothing to remark on or puzzle over

the whole tenor of the remains of that day,

the following morning, the rest of their lives

untouched by Chance.

But of course, Fate did have it

and that was that.

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