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Once, Twice, Thrice

written by: Laura McGinnis


Once, it’s a point in time,
A singular, unique occurrence.
It may never happen again
For which we may be glad or sad.
But it was only once.

Twice, now you have a line.
Two points, connected by time
Or by common circumstance.
It happened twice now.
It’s repeatable.

Thrice is a trend,
No longer a coincidence.
A pattern begins to emerge
Common conditions or constraints
To be watched for.

Four or more
Is a choice
To let something happen or not.
Shame on me if it gets this far
And it shouldn’t have.

Laura McGinnis

Laura McGinnis

Laura is a retired project manager who has found new passion in writing. She has been published in 'Poetry Quarterly' and 'The Ginger Collect'. You can find her work online at mrswoonsocket.
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