What Are The Chances?
Updated: Jan 12, 2021
This poem was written in 2010. It became a song in a musical I wrote for The Ruby Dolls called Fabulous Creatures. Robert Webb read it on Cerys Matthews show in September 2020.
What are the chances?
What are the dances
What genetic leaps?
What lava spills?
What continent-bumping thrills?
What meteoric near-misses?
And carbon got hot?
What a lot of not...
Not falling down the stairs
And not being able to take that job?
What a lot of narrow escapes and close things
And close shaves and close calls
And closest of all – are we.
What a long shot
What are the odds?
What races won and lost
Amongst those teeming arthropods?
What moons must have whirled?
And sparks flew
And tides unfurled
And mountains grew
And men and women said I love you, love you too?
When I think of life without you
I can see
Space leak in round this Christmas bauble world
And, suddenly, my breath in front of me