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What If

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What If



no-one would ever imagine that she,
the old woman sitting quietly alone
drinking her morning cup of coffee,
had anything for which to atone..

yet , like so many others you know,
she has a secret or two tucked away..
words spoken in haste, more than one lie,
now in her memories, they come to play..

I am one with that quiet gray head,
thinking of the changes I'd make..
if only I  could go back in time
and undo just one great mistake..

I chose a path because it was easy,
Instead of  a more difficult way..
thinking now of "what might have been"
knowing that dream was of another day...


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  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:19:00 PM
    Only one who does nothing never makes a mistake. A long life is prone to a few errors. All will be forgiven. A great poem. Love Joyce

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 5:29:00 PM
    you've created a very powerful and sad mood in this poem and i think it must make all readers reflect on their own "what ifs." very nicely done!

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 5:10:00 PM
    We all have regrets, .....I too have written on this theme, so I'll share the words others have said to me....we learn from past mistakes, and become wiser, perhaps more compassionate for others going through difficult times, and who struggle with their decisions ..the good, bad and the ugly. A very introspective poem......well done, Barbara!