If Only

If only when I was still young
Before most of life’s songs were sung
Lost opportunities, my mistake
When life was there for me to take

If only I had been aware
While still my course I could prepare
When days were many and my dreams
Were mine to take with ease it seems

If only I had acted then
And settled not for “could have been”
Said all the things I should have said
And chose my path instead

If only I had done all that
Realized what life is valued at
Thrown myself into the fray
What would my life look like today

How would things change from then to now
Undoubtedly I can avow
Much different then I could foresee
And I wonder, would I still be me?
If only

About oldmainer

I am retired and live in southern Maine with my wife and two dogs. I started Oldmainer .wordpress.com as an outlet for my occasional opinions and random observations, with some poetry thrown in. I welcome anyone that wants to kick back and join me here on the porch, exploring all the gifts we have been given and the memories collected. Thanks for stopping by.
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2 Responses to If Only

  1. George says:

    If you’re happy with who you are, I suppose there are few regrets. Nice poem.


  2. Actually talking about this very thing today Bob.


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