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If I gave myself a chance
Like the chance I gave you
Would I deceive myself
the way you deceived me

If I loved myself
The way my friends loved me
Would I see the things 
They see in me?

If I cut myself a little deeper
Would the pain be too much to bear
Or would I hide my sorrow behind a smile
And fight off a friend's knowing stare

If I didn't wake up tomorrow
Would anyone notice I was gone?
Would they bury me in the ground,
Say a prayer and move on?

If  I could hear their thoughts
And know exactly how they feel inside
Could I trust that they love me
And not have to hide?

If I could let the past go
Leave all the pain behind
Could I start all over
And heal my hurting mind?


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  1. Date: 3/5/2009 11:15:00 AM
    truly a wonderfull write!!! with a great senseof emotion!!!

  1. Date: 2/22/2009 2:27:00 PM
    I love the meaning in this poem. I think we've all been there -with insecurities like this, and it's usually caused by experiences. I wish I could start all over... haha. Thanks so much for the comment on "Waiting". I really appreciate the support.

  1. Date: 2/19/2009 9:15:00 AM
    this poem was actually written while thinking of a friend of mine who struggles with life and insecurities. I hoped this would help her see what her friends saw in her- a wonderful person.

  1. Date: 2/19/2009 7:52:00 AM
    There are a lot of what if's here I have felt some of these thoughts. But I turned to God for help and now I don't worry what others think just what God thinks.....It takes strength to get to this point in life. I am sure there are many who can relate to this. This is a touching poem..... Thank you for you kind words on my poetry too. This will be a fun site to meet others and read their thoughts on life through poetry....