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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