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In a Perfect World

In a perfect world, we could live without regret
if, as in a movie, we could do another take.
Rewind the messed up scene and do a fresh reset,
and on the new recording, avoid that bad mistake.

No need to do them all, but some of them we should:
some act that hurt someone, some words we can't take back.
We'd  still learn the lessons; I hope that's understood,
if we could fix the times our judgment jumped the track.

A perfect world, I guess, is something to forget.
We’ll have to do the best we can to set our errors straight,
admit our bad behavior, and live with some regret..
if not, more sleepless nights will likely be our fate.

February 7, 2016

Copyright © Roy Jerden


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  1. Date: 2/9/2016 7:06:00 PM

    Good one Roy! You have heard the is like a checking account "yesterday's checks are cancelled, tomorrows checks haven't been written, all we know for sure is what we spend today"