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Let us pray
that we never have another opportunity
that we miss each other
and our circles never overlap

Let us hope
to remain strangers:
better that than to fail again.
Let us remain safely detached
rather than doom ourselves
to face
what we cannot achieve

With luck
our memories of this incident
will fade quickly
and the burden of this experience
will terminate
Into a less direct discomfort
something easier to negotiate.
Let us not reach for success.
Let us remain anonymous.
It is safer to be ignorant
Than to be lost in one another's mystery.

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