It’s a Wonderful Life, Alternate Ending

Thursday, December 7, 2017

In which a middle-aged Harry Bailey,
no longer a war hero and still depressed
about his older brother’s attempted suicide,
himself begins to consider jumping off a bridge
but is interrupted by an absent-minded angel
who compels him to walk through Bedford Falls
not as it would be if he’d never been born
but as it would be if he’d been born Mr. Potter’s son:
He never would have gone to war—never
would have won the Medal of Honor. Every man
on that transport would have died because he
wasn’t there to save them, but it wouldn’t
have mattered because he would have been
Harry Potter! Kid wizard, loved by all!!

• • •

[Originally published here and there in 2010]

One Response to “It’s a Wonderful Life, Alternate Ending”

  1. Edward Nudelman Says:

    Dude your mind is almost as crazy as mine…
    did not see that coming

    Sent from my iPhone


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