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Five Minutes More

I wish I had that second back a minute ago.
I wish I had that minute back when we laughed
over a comic strip that reminded us of ourselves.
I wish I had a basket full of minutes I could give away
to everyone that wanted a piece of yesterday or tomorrow,
or would I be selfish and keep them all to myself?
If I had five minutes, would I use them all at once
or would I save one or two for some other time;
like a stack of unread letters, would I open the best first
or save those for last, to ponder in a quiet place
or would I share them with ... let me think about that;
and then I realized how hopeless I would feel.
Could I go back and share them on 9/11
or the Boston Marathon or Pearl Harbor
or Sandy Hook or Hiroshima or ... but then 
I realized there weren't enough,
there would never be enough minutes to give back -
and to whom anyway ... ?
How would you chose who to save?
I guess God would say, "Make the best of your minutes today
and you won't wish you had them back tomorrow".


Craig Cornish


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  1. Date: 7/13/2013 8:20:00 AM

    I am glad I came back to read this one. I see why I put it in my favorites.

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 2:49:00 AM

    Craig congratulations on your win. A wonderful revision on your original poem. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 6/8/2013 10:44:00 AM

    Very good write.

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 5:03:00 PM

    I am so glad you finished it ! The inspiration is superb. This is something I need to hang on my refridgerator and read every day to remind me not to waste a second of life. Glorious piece of work!

  1. Date: 5/29/2013 2:01:00 PM

    I love this and it was well worth my time to read it. I will not be asking for my time back. This one goes to my favorites.

  1. Date: 5/28/2013 7:08:00 AM

    So creative, Craig. I love the way your mind works - always giving us something to think about. This beauty is going to my faves!

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 8:00:00 AM

    Enjoyed this Craig. Time is the only thing we cannot control. In a Biblical response to your last line-- "This is the day the Lord has made.. we will rejoice and be glad in it"

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 11:41:00 PM

    I'm glad you moved out of just your home turf and included Hiroshima...though...I saw no mention of us here in this part of the word. Having given my one bit of criticism...now I can give the praise! Very well written. I'm glad you finished it as I had read the original bit!

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 6:38:00 PM

    5 minutes more or 5minutes less could change someone's life drastically. A poem to ponder on. Provokes the reader to think. A great finish to your old poem. Best wishes in the contest. Warm Smiles, Gilded Contessa/Connie

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 9:01:00 AM

    Not often am I stumped for a comment, but I have to admit in this instance I am. I enjoyed your poem immensely and will definitely come back for a reread. Good luck in the contest with your fitting content, Craig. Licia :-)