Alternate History

In this version,
Your friend Roger doesn’t oversleep.
He doesn’t call the TA room
for a volunteer
to teach Astronomy 101.
You don’t overhear.
I don’t go to class and I don’t linger afterwards.
You don’t ask me to lunch at Pagliai's.
We don’t meet later to play D&D with the guys.
You don’t walk me home that night;
You don’t kiss me on the stairs
at dawn in front of Campus Lodge.

—Beatriz Fernandez, Miami, FL