it was without thinking, really
it was by accident
it was not what we'd call 'on purpose'
result of unforeseen circumstances
(a concatenation, is that what they say?)
anyway, no one could have predicted it
no one could have intended the outcome
it happened the way these things do
like the weather or the stock market
like any 'act of God'
who can tell –
a moment's inattention...
one thing leads to another
things get out of control
out of hand
it had a lot to do with them
really just the fact that they were there
lying about, to trip over
they should never have been left unsupervised
if an adult had been there...
you might say a proper fence would have helped
but fences can make things worse
and in any case, in fact, there was already a barrier
and more than one
if just one reasonable, responsible person
had been on hand
if someone had thought the thing through
if they just hadn't worked themselves up so far
was it a windy day?
was the moon full?
were they just too full of themselves?
… if the mother had had a say
or even somebody else's mother
if they had only listened
listened just for a moment
if only they had listened to reason
or even to each other
if they could have looked into each other's eyes
just thought for a moment
'so it's like that for them'
if they'd have just seen how
if after if
but it all comes to this
had things been just a little different
then perhaps there would have been