What If by Michelle Ayon – Navajas

A young man and a young woman are gazing at each other with smiles and a lot of love while the woman holds the man's arm
Photo by Valerie Jane De Lara/ Models: Jalline Pebres and Geroge Valdez

what if we didn’t meet?

 what if it didn’t happen?

 what if our hearts did not collide?

 what if our bodies did not unite?

 ’twas like a movie, in full production

 i was the star, and you; just being you, in anticipation

 you said your “hello,” i think i said “hi” in return

 i felt butterflies in my stomach

 i’m sure you felt them too, i bet you did,

 don’t you contradict

 that’s how we first met, but

 what if we didn’t meet at all

 that afternoon?

 we were inseparable, totally connected

 the adjustment wasn’t needed, it was just a word

 we had endless conversations and pointless arguments by the alley, on the bench,

 in the street, and even in the silence

 of the church where everybody’s head was bowed for meditation

 that’s how we bonded, but

 what if it didn’t happen,

 that afternoon?

 your “i love you’s” were in many different forms

 sometimes it camouflaged as the meatiest,

savory Filipino version of the famous spaghetti

 at times, it was in the simplest form of a rock hard candy,

fresh from your pocket

 sealed with a kiss, or the sweetest,

 most romantic verse written

 that’s how we fell in love, but

 what if our hearts did not collide,

 that afternoon?

 remember that beautiful late afternoon?

 framed by the doorway, against the dazzling sunset,

you held my hand for the first time,

 then, we kissed our first kiss, ’twas magic,

 ’twas love, ’twas pure bliss,

 your kiss felt like heaven on earth

 your lips on mine felt like forever

 that’s how we became one, but

 what if our bodies did not unite,

 that afternoon?

 what if we didn’t meet?

 what if it didn’t happen?

 what if our hearts did not collide?

 what if our bodies did not unite?

 will there still be, a promise of forever?

 will i ever be with you in the twilight of my life

 where i could lovingly lay my head

on your shoulder, from dusk ’till dawn?


Michelle, authored five books “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for Perak Women for Women Society (PWW), Ipoh, Perak Malaysia during their One Million Stars To End Violence campaign,  “What If Snowflakes Don’t Fall In Winter”, “Oh, Dear One!”, “I Would Fly To Where You Are”, her Amazon best-selling poetry book “ I Will Love You Forever, Too” and “after Rain Skies”

She graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, (University of San Agustin, Iloilo City). Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts, and is also a graduate of Mass Communications major in Journalism (Centro Escolar University, Manila). She is a published author at Spillwords NYC, where her poems “What If Snowflakes Don’t Fall in Winter?”, “Kiss”, and “Love Dance” were all nominated as publication/post of the month for July 2020, August 2020 and May 2021 respectively. Her poem “Love Dance” is Spillwords Publication of the Year Nominee for 2021. Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an  International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS In June 2021.

Know more about Michelle and her writing by visiting her on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Michelle’s poetry is a display of ‘what if’ in one of the most lovely ways that I have seen. Love is a feeling that comes when it has to and there are ample opportunities to see it through. It could last a few days or even run the length of a lifetime. But there are always those moments that gave it the power to thrive and blossom. What if they had never happened? What if two hearts had remained undiscovered? Let’s set aside those questions and take each day as it comes.
    Congratulations Michelle!

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  2. michnavs says:

    Thank you so much Terveen for publishing my poem. I am truly honored.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. michnavs says:

    Reblogged this on michnavs and commented:
    It is my honor to be published in MasticadoresIblndia for the first time. Thank you so much to Terveen for believing in my poetry. Kindly show some love and visit their page.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Sadje says:

    It’s such a unique way to say ‘I love you’. Beautiful poem Mich. Congratulations

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Sadje….❤❤❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome my friend

        Liked by 1 person

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    What a beautiful piece you have written here Mich. I bought your book a couple of days ago and love your work that I have read so far. So a big congratulations on this lovely piece and on your new best seller, I am so very happy for you and your success. Blessings and love, Joni xoxoxoxo

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    1. michnavs says:

      Awww so kind of you Joni..thank you so much…it means a lot to me..thank you❤❤❤

      Liked by 1 person

      1. jonicaggiano says:

        It is my pleasure Mich. I have already started and your work is beautiful. Sending blessings. 🦋❤️

        Liked by 1 person

  6. haoyando says:

    We are all masters of alternative history.

    Liked by 3 people

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