they could have grown up together
and shared a short walk to the bus stop each morning
until he learned to drive and honked his horn
when he passed her, to make her jump every morning
until she started anticipating it with a middle finger
and a forgiving smile.
but there are many ways they could have met...
they could have gotten trapped in the same
broken elevator, or under the same awning
during a torrential rain.
they could have passed each other
for hundreds of days on the street
smiling each time, maybe wishing each other
a happy holidays or a sheepish wave
until one day he gives her a carnation
that he stole from the open front shop
around the corner.
they could have tried to adopt the same dog
or reached for the same jug of milk.