Marco enters a city;
he sees someone in a square living a life or an instant that could be his;
he could now be in that man's place, if he had stopped in time,
long ago;
or if, long ago, at a crossroads,
instead of taking one road he had taken the
opposite one,
and after long wandering he had come to be in the place of
that man in that square.
By now, from that real or hypothetical past of his,
he is excluded;
he cannot stop; he must go on to another city.
Where another of his pasts awaits him
or something perhaps that had been a possible
future of his and
is now someone else's present.
Futures not achieved are only branches of the past:
dead branches.
Italo Calvino - "Invisible Cities"
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