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If I

If I were a different person,
I’d give up a lot of my cursin’.
My prospects would brighten, not worsen;
If I were a different soul.

If I had a penchant for money,
I’d subsist on quenelles cooked with honey.
My oceanfront view would be sunny;
If I had a different goal.

If I had a talent for fashion,
I’d have closets to stash all my cache in.
Top designers would worship my passion;
If I played a different role. 

But all this conjecture is crazy.
It’s not that I’m careless or lazy;
An orchid won’t sprout from a daisy – 
I know what’s beyond my control.

I accept that my limits arrest me;
If I didn’t they may have distressed me.
Still I try to put forward my best me;
And I hope there’s enough to extol.

Ilene Bauer (

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  1. Date: 5/17/2014 7:46:00 PM
    Great Dynamic. :)

  1. Date: 5/17/2014 7:46:00 PM
    I really like this write!! Bravo!!

  1. Date: 5/15/2014 8:42:00 AM
    you make poets sound so cool to hang with.

  1. Date: 5/13/2014 9:20:00 PM
    Ilene... Nice seeing your poem featured on the poetry soups home page. Always & Forever ~LINDA~

  1. Date: 5/13/2014 6:00:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week, ilene

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 6:49:00 PM
    congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 2:14:00 PM
    Congrats ilene. I missed this one somehow. Hmmm. :)

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 9:31:00 AM
    With self awareness, and introspection, we can make sense of who we are....well done, Ilene!

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 7:06:00 AM
    Ilene congratulations on your outstanding rhyme. Well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 8:15:00 PM
    Awesome poem, awesome win, Ilene! Congratulations! : )Annalise

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 7:31:00 PM
    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WINNING POEM... :-) nice entry, for Anne's any poem contest. always & forever ** LINDA

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 4:29:00 PM
    Well look at Ilene taking the #1 spot!...What a brilliant rhyme scheme...never seen it before...Much insight and wisdom on display here and your style is unmistakable - Tim

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 1:11:00 PM
    Congratulations on a well-deserved top placement, Ilene. I always enjoy your rhythm-and-rhyme style. Well done. Licia :-)

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 12:45:00 PM
    Congratulations Ilene. Well done. i enjoyed. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 12:22:00 PM
    Great win, Ilene. You raised the bar just a little too high for this old poet/songwriter. Well deserved and I'm loving seeing you on top....hugs and much love.... Jake

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 11:01:00 AM
    Ilene, congratulations on your first place win with this gem ;) Wilma

  1. Date: 7/21/2013 10:28:00 AM
    I LOVE your poem! Hence why it won first place in my contest- congrats! :) Thanks for participating!

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 6:40:00 PM
    Congrats, Ilene. Excellent. Well done. hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 2/28/2013 3:52:00 PM
    Congratulations :) I enjoyed reading your poem

  1. Date: 2/27/2013 11:02:00 AM
    Congratulations Ilene i think we see your best you luv and we like it xx