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Poetry: If I Could But

I have been writing poems and short stories for years, some of which I have published independantly. I also blog. Writing is a loved hobby.


IF I COULD but have yet again,
The past which I have lost,
I would have it not the same,
But live it to the most.

If I could but have yet again,
Those times which have passed,
My life I would regain,
To my Love, I would hold on fast.

If I could but have still more,
Of those things I have loved, then lost,
In the treasury of my heart, them I will store,
Because they meant to me the most.

If I have my life to live again,
Of a surety I’d live it differently;
Too many regrets, too many pain –
But now for Joy, I would have eternally.

Because things were what I never wanted,
Life went the way I never planned;
But I pray that this time to me that is granted,
Will be lived to the fullest, and not in vain.

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

— C. S. Lewis

© 2019 Lynne Samuel


Lynne Samuel (author) from Malaysia on November 12, 2019:

Indeed, manatita, we can only move on.

Your poems sounds great. I'll look them up. Thanks.

Lynne Samuel (author) from Malaysia on November 12, 2019:

Thank you, Iqra, so kind of you ☺

manatita44 from london on November 12, 2019:

Big one, regret. It is a place we visit with tears and sorrows as well as joys. You remind me of two of my poems. One is called If I Could Start my Life Once More and the other I Wish I Could Feel Now, What I felt Then.

An exquisite piece! O Blessed Earth. (Chuckle)

Lynne Samuel (author) from Malaysia on November 09, 2019:

Thanks, Brenda.

At the end of the day, regrets do nothing but possibly make one feel down. So yes, just live in the moment, it's a positive step in turning things around, I believe .

Iqra from Pakistan on November 08, 2019:

its a very expressive poem simple but yet very beautiful with its simplicity ...

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 07, 2019:

Wonderful poem. I would love to think i would do things differently.

Guess one has to stop over thinking and just live life.

Nice one.

Lynne Samuel (author) from Malaysia on October 31, 2019:

So true, John. Thank you.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 31, 2019:

A lovely poem with a good message. We often wish would could go back and do things differently using the knowledge we have now. But, no matter what we hope our lives made a difference and weren't lived in vain.

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