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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Poetry Corner: If Only

Have not posted any poetry for a bit huh? Yesterday was World Poetry Day so I'll go with that. Anyway the one share today is from 2012. Dealing with regrets and being female in tough circumstances. While I do see room for improvement. I do have some personal writing pride with this one. So read on to form your own opinion.

If Only
If only I could turn back the hands of time.
I’d go back and tell my childhood self.
‘Stay in school and study hard.’
‘Listen to your mother, not strange man.’
‘Advance yourself and graduate high school.’
‘Go to university and you can go anywhere
you want in life.’
‘You choose the life you live, pick wisely.’

But I can’t go back in time.
There’s no way to let her know my future.
This old zinc house is where I squat.
Is me one with the pickney them
and another one soon come.
Every man who come, always leave.
The only one stuck here is me.

If only I could turn back the hands of time.

So what did you think? Was the poem enough to evoke any emotion or memories? Let me know in the comments and thanks for stopping by.


  1. The only one stuck here line really brings it home.
    Never too late to change anything though. Just not the past.

    1. See, The Ninja Guitar Man keeps doing this... I was about to tell you that I was touched by "The only one stuck here is me." ;)

  2. There's a lot of sad regret in your words. There were things I wished I'd done, ways I could've pushed myself to do better and more, but I'm at the point now in my life that I wouldn't change a thing. I never would've achieved what I have now if I had done those things.

  3. Sounds full of regret to me. So yeah, there's emotion in it.

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  4. I had no idea it was World Poetry Day yesterday. I've been in my editing cave.

  5. Wow. Profound. I like it! But regrets should not consume us and suck the joy out of the life we have, instead, it should inspire us to embrace the moment and take those opportunities when they are at hand.

  6. my momma never told me nothing, so I couldn't really listen to her :)

  7. Very emotive. I try not to have regrets - negative energy. Instead, I learn from my mistakes, accept the consequences of all my actions and do things better from today. If things aren't working, it's never too late to change. Super post! Hooray for poetry day :)


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