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If Only

If only there wouldn’t be hunger or pain;
If people would only stop fighting.
If only we’d lose a lot less than we gain;
If only the bugs would stop biting.

If only there wouldn’t be sorrow or grief;
If neighbors would cease to be strangers.
If only there wouldn’t be rapist or thief;
If only the world held no dangers.

If only all hatred would just disappear;
If soldiers went home with their rifles.
If only the positives would persevere,
Our worries would merely be trifles.

If only’s a fantasy, fairy tale, dream – 
Impossible, then, for achieving.
If only more chances were there to redeem,
Then we pessimists might start believing…

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  1. Date: 6/4/2013 1:35:00 PM
    If is such a big ole word. It's door is hard to open. For when we dream, it seems absurd to get all that we're hopin'.