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Published: 23rd January 2022

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This poem was recently placed 1st = in Brian Strand's "A" (1058) Poetry Contest.

A true story from 1984.


had I woken with that headache then I would have stayed in bed but because I felt much better I got up for work instead. had I got there any later then it would have been my loss as I would have missed arriving at the same time as my boss. had my boss not turned to ask me if I'd help him out that day I'd have missed out serving people at a bank five miles away. had I sat behind that counter any later than I showed I'd have never counted takings from the sports hall down the road. had that customer not mentioned playing football on that night my leg would not have broken taking one year to put right. because I went to hospital (on that day that changed my life) I met a nurse while on the ward - and she became my wife!

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Date: 2/22/2022 11:12:00 PM
Gary, this is a delightful romantic take on the butterfly effect, poetically rendered with your signature impeccable cadence (which I guess you know by now makes me smile). I suppose you can call that football injury your lucky break, lol. I think you and I are of similar vintage, my wife and I married in 1984. Great write, going in my faves ~ John
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/23/2022 2:04:00 AM
Hi John! Yes, although it didn't feel like it at the time it did turn out to be a lucky break. :) I was working for a bank in the early 80s and absolutely detested the work but enjoyed the wages it paid. I left the bank after I married and went to train as a nurse. It's funny, weird and wonderful how life can turn. Thanks for the fav. Cheers - Gary
Date: 2/16/2022 8:33:00 PM
Getting going is usually the better alternative. :) gw
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Gary Radice
Date: 2/17/2022 12:51:00 AM
Well I got going and left the bank (my place of work at the time) soon after I recovered and never looked back. :) Thanks for reading. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/31/2022 1:17:00 AM
Those turns:) Great read! M.
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/31/2022 11:51:00 AM
Hi M! Yes, those turns..those fortuitous, wonderful turns that have resulted in 34 years of very happy marriage. Thank you for your comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/30/2022 7:35:00 AM
What a wonderful poem...a chain of events leading to love!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your poem this morning. Take care and God bless you and those you adore.
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/30/2022 8:36:00 AM
Thank you Valerie. I'm glad you enjoyed the read. Have a wonderful day! Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/27/2022 3:13:00 AM
Interesting chain of events in a day of your life. So many times, in a busy person's life if one event had not happened first thing in the morning the day would have gone so differently. Your visit to my page was uplifting. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/27/2022 10:32:00 AM
Hi Sara..likewise your visit here is always uplifting. :) Thank you! I suppose I could have written a few more verses regarding how I got my headache from the day before and if I hadn't have had it..... :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/26/2022 3:57:00 AM
Ah, some things are just meant to be, glad you met your love of your life there, nice story :
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/26/2022 2:31:00 PM
Thank you Mystic. It's funny how things work out sometimes. Thanks for your visit. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/24/2022 3:54:00 PM
Oh, that's so sweet. Serendipity or destiny ~ who knows. At any rate, worth a broken leg :) Congratulations on your win!
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/25/2022 1:14:00 AM
Thanks Ann. Yes, it was a lucky break :) The broken leg actually afforded me plenty of time to think and rethink my life at that time. I was off work for over a year from my job in the bank (a job I detested) and applied soon after for my nurse training which I absolutely loved. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/23/2022 10:52:00 AM
Aww….that’s so lovely Gary and so cleverly written! Debx
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Deb M.
Date: 1/23/2022 1:14:00 PM
Horror tackle alright to do that damage….how awful Gary! Debx
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/23/2022 10:57:00 AM
Thanks Deb. It seemed my life just changed so much for the better on that day despite the four operations and me nearly losing my leg due to a horror tackle on astroturf. A lucky break I guess :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/23/2022 9:49:00 AM
Splendid writing, Gary, again! You've taken the "If I Had Not" theme way back and followed it through to a marvelous, unexpected conclusion story-wise. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You are a gifted poet, Gary!
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/23/2022 10:48:00 AM
Thanks Milt. I'm still not 100% happy with the flow so there may well be a couple of minor changes on the way but as it stands it's as near to the truth from that day as possible. Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/23/2022 8:33:00 AM
Gary, one never knows~happenstances of fate are around every corner! Great write! :) Paulette
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/23/2022 10:51:00 AM
I couldn't agree more Paulette. I was wanting to leave my work at the bank at the time this all happened. It acted as a catalyst and I went on to do my nurse training a short time after. ..oh, and I married Ann in Feb '87 too :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 1/23/2022 7:09:00 AM
Heya Gary, You have just serendipitously put a brilliant poem to a monoku I wrote the other day (All’s well that ends well) about life being arbitrary, check it out if you get a chance, I only explain the action, you bring it to life, cheers David
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Gary Radice
Date: 1/23/2022 10:54:00 AM
Thanks David! I've just checked out your great monoku and left a comment. I've been toying with writing a poem like this for some time. I published a similar poem last year but took it down almost straightaway as it didn't make any sense..A bit my like my life before all this happened actually :) Cheers - Gary