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Oliver Gettell
October 06, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Rosie O’Donnell’s recent run-in with Ivanka Trump — the daughter of her nemesis Donald Trump — inspired the actress to write a poem contemplating love and destiny.

Published on O’Donnell’s website, the poem is titled “8 Million to One,” a reference to the population of New York City. In it O’Donnell describes her distressed state of mind in the wake of the first presidential debate, during which Donald Trump renewed his longtime public feud with her. “Depression clings to me,” she writes.

On Wednesday evening, however, O’Donnell by chance found herself in the same restaurant as Trump’s elder daughter, and overcame her apprehension to introduce herself. As the poem describes, the two connected on some level.

i walked the 5 steps toward her table

introduced myself

she smiled genuinely

her husband was warm and gracious

i told her of my children

some truths about myself

my pain and shame

she was absurdly kind

“i just wanted u to know”

i said in a shaky quiet voice

i then made my way down the large wooden stairway

into my waiting car

O’Donnell goes on to invoke the concept of bashert (a Yiddish word for destiny or soul mate), which “has comforted me / on my darkest days.”

Read “8 Million to One” at rosie.com.

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