May 25: Roman à Clef

Each couple has two origins: the one
They tell their families and then the version
Their friends retell, not just because it’s fun,
But also from their own tales it’s diversion.

That pair who met “at work” met in a bar;
In World of Warcraft is “we met online;”
“We’re high school sweethearts” means he played guitar;
Love at first sight? They both had too much wine.

It’s easy to dismiss the shorthand tales-
At worst they’re trite; at best they’re a cliché.
But when we find that similar travails
We’ve all endured, we may just reappraise.

And in due time, we find that we’re connected
By incidents and knowledge unexpected.

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