What Then: A Conditional Construct

In computer science, conditional constructs are sometimes referred to as “If-Then-Else” statements: if a condition is met, then an action is performed; if the condition is not met, then an alternate action is executed.

What if I were
        to begin
                this poem with a declarative?

What if I wrote
        it all
                in a single sentence?

What if I did not
        repeat
                the interrogative what if ?

What if these lines
        were not
                broken into tercets

or I had stopped
        with my
                very first stanza

or wrote on for
        another
                twenty or thirty more?

What if someone
        very else
                wrote these lines of mine?

How then would I
        measure
                the magnitude of wonder

the value of these
        ideas
                or fathom affliction?

We only have what
        we have
                not what we do not

There are no what-ifs
        whatsoever
                while they are also infinite

each and every
        concrete
                one satisfied in a singular

Then: both a past
        implied
                and a consequent future.

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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