I was driving towards my destination
a place I had never been
when I missed a number of turnoffs.
I had overshot the mark.
It made me wonder how often in life
I had overshot the mark
& missed some vital turnoffs
where, for instance. I could have become
a famous novelist like David Foster Wallace
& worn a red bandana
or rakish rock star like Keith Richards
or, god forbid,a prominent politician.
Or even married someone else!
What if you didn’t marry grandma?
my granddaughter once asked,
would I have still been born?
Most of us overshoot the mark.
It may be a good thing.
Danny Kaye, that Court Jester, once famously said,
we always land where we were meant to be.
Maybe it’s true.
I could have done worse.