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If Only

If only...I could start over again.
Took that job in Memphis and stayed away from so-called-friends. 
     If only...I could right the wrongs.
Find the perfect songs and make you giggle all night long.
     If only...My wager would have been on the winning team.
But life is mean and I lost everything.
     If only...I would have turned the other cheek.
You can't walk down a street without a coward preying on the weak.
     If only...I would have turned left instead of right.
An automobile accident plus the loss of my eyesight.
     If only...I could travel back in time.
Do things differently and have peace of mind.
     If only...she were alive today.
My mother would shake her finger and say...
     "If only, If only, If only!"

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  1. Date: 1/29/2011 8:23:00 AM

    Jimmy, nice to hear your story, don't we all wish we can start all over again. unfortunately life treats us that way. If only, if only, but we can start again and don't feel guilty. Hey nothing beats a trial but a person who stays down and refuses to get up and go forward. very good poem just what i needed to hear.

  1. Date: 3/28/2010 5:38:00 AM

    So true, life goes in it's own direction. Nice feature again Jim

  1. Date: 1/27/2010 12:31:00 PM

    Slip rhyme couplet form. A telling tale! Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/12/2009 4:23:00 PM

    brilliant poem, the past wrongs give us the strength to do better in the future, congrats on having this fabulous piece featured this week.

  1. Date: 11/12/2009 9:31:00 AM

    Hey Jimmy, Please accept my warm congratulations on your poem being featured this week!! It is worthy of praise-very good write! Each new day is a blessing-a chance to start over. Thanks for sharing this. I've been away for a little while and need to catch up. We have prolific writers on PS! Peace and love, Audrey

  1. Date: 11/11/2009 4:47:00 AM

    Congratulations, Jimmy A. on having your poem featured this week. Hindsight is always so much better when we make wrong decisions. But their is hope when we learn from our mistakes, repent and move forward to a better life. Always remember your mother and live a life of caring for others if you want to find true happiness and a better life. God be with you. Thanks for sharing and keep writing. Sincerely, Dane

  1. Date: 11/10/2009 8:17:00 PM

    Interesting poem. Congratulations on being featured this week. Love, Iolanda

  1. Date: 11/10/2009 4:16:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Jimmy. May you have many more features. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2009 12:14:00 PM

    Congratulations on having your poem featured this week. I enjoyed reading it. Love Pam

  1. Date: 11/9/2009 10:55:00 AM

    Jimmy - I think we can all say 'If only' at sometime in our lives. I loved this - a fabulous piece. Regards Janette

  1. Date: 11/9/2009 10:28:00 AM

    Congratulations on your wonderful poem being featured this week Jimmy, check out my poem " Look at Ourselves " you may like it? >> James

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 11:51:00 AM

    ....I can't find the proper words! Wow! Terribly powerful and heartbreaking! I'm deeply affected with this persona's grief, fear, regrets and emotions... Well done, Jimmy...you got me! Ruben.

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 11:51:00 AM

    And it's going to my Favorites!

  1. Date: 9/10/2009 9:15:00 AM

    Do you stay awake at night with the What If's running through your head? Nicely written thoughts that we probably all have had. Keep writing. Sara