Friday, March 07, 2008

Grammatical Inference

Don’t confuse destiny
with destination—
where we’re going with where we’re meant to go.

And pre-destination? That’s where we’ve been
so pre-destiny must be
where we were meant to have been
but weren’t, when we
missed the train
didn’t trip over a stranger who would prove to be the love of our life
failed to rescue a drowning child who would grow up to win the Nobel Peace Prize for ending hunger and warfare.

But, you protest
none of that ever happened
how could you have known?

--Writer's Island: Destiny

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pepektheassassin said...

Terrific. You are really an excellent poet. You always amaze me.

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Mad Kane said...

Beautifully done, and very interesting!

Greyscale Territory said...

This is nifty with depth, cute without makeup, and amusingly serious.

Simply adorable!

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keith hillman said...

I've always ben intrigued by destiny. How one action leads to reaction which wouldn't have occured had we decided differently.

Actually I have a pretty poor sense of direction so destination and destiny often become confused for me!

Beloved Dreamer said...

Ah, once more the work of free will and predestination. Being a Lutheran I could go on and on about this. Thank goodness I won't bore you.
I love your little poem and for me it rings true. Well done.