once there was a boy and a girl
(for there are always boys and girls)
and it so happened that they —
but wait! why should they?
every story comes out the same
if the expected always happens
smell the double-shot espresso!
in the end, the boy didn’t get her
and the girl never got him, either
because neither ever fell in love
with the other, and they remained
alive until the end of their days
as fiction goes this is the most
unpredictable and original plot
because it is simply never written
readers like zesty romance, tinged
with tragedy or comedy as it may be
what about all the stories of the people
who never fell in love with each other?
don’t they deserve to be fictionalized
and exploited? real life contains a
horribly funny mundanity that most
authors ignore because it doesn’t pay
two hundred pages and no kisses?
no batted eyelashes, no coy flirting?
the unimaginative will throw down
the book in digust and buy another
i cannot help it! cries the author
what could not be cannot happen!
i shall not kill my characters by
making them forsake themselves
they simply never fell in love …
and so such stories are forsaken