if i could (a poem)

if i could pinch my skin
and start again, would i?

if i could go back in time,
would i press play or rewind?

if i could cash in a wish,
would it be sticky or sweet?

if i could change the little
things, would i still be me?


Welp, here we go!

This poem comes from a stormy summer night in my hometown. After weeks of writing nothing, I was suddenly struck with a desperation to put my words on paper. Those nights are the best kind of nights, aren’t they?

The truth is that we all reflect on the things we’ve done and how we could have done them differently. Maybe there is a monumental event in your life that has you stunned into silence: Would I have been happier if I’d just…

And my response to that question is: It shouldn’t matter. You can’t change what you’ve done, though you can change what you’ll do tomorrow. When we devote our time and energy to past misdoings, we’re setting ourselves up for future failure. We can take a moment to reflect, sure, but that should only be to set up the game plan for what you’re going to get done tomorrow.

Be yourself. That’s my only request!

Until next time,

-K. ❀

P.S. If I could change things, I wouldn’t. There’s a plan for what’s to come.

Germantown, TN // May 2019

27 thoughts on “if i could (a poem)”

  1. No two journeys in life are the same, and we probably all have moments where we say ‘I wish I had done that differently’ What if? Yes, but what if that meant I did not have the life that I have now? Aye, there’s the rub, the twist if you will. For if I have learned anything it is that we live in the now, life goes forward and the joys and happiness of the now are all that I would desire. Good post for thought. As you rightly say, if you want to be happy be yourself ❀ Have a great day Katie πŸ™‚

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    1. So true! I love how you’ve said, “No two journeys in life are the same,” because that is so accurate. We must be appreciative of the life we have and the choices we’ve made–both the good and the bad. Thank you for the observations, David! ❀

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  2. Awesome post, Katie! I loved your post and take on the topic. My response is the same as yours. If asked if I could change anything in my past life would I? My answer is always no because any change in the past would not have lead me to my Beloved Wife and I would not exchange anything for the past 21 years with her or the future that lies ahead. I am blessed to feel this way and maybe some would answer that question differently?? Curious what your responses will be?? Ha! Your post brightened my day, Dear! Hope you are having a great weekend!!!

    Don’t know if you read Walt’s posts or my reblog (later tonight) but thought I’d share it with you now/here:

    β€œAs long as we have memories, yesterday remains.
    As long as we have hope, tomorrow waits
    As long as we have love, today is beautiful.”

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    1. That is absolute truth! Just imagine if you hadn’t met your wife, and how different your life would be now… But there were an infinite amount of choices that led up to the point where you first met her, and that is how brilliant this universe is! We can never predict what is going to happen next… Maybe we are optimists who see the world a different way, but I think this is a beautiful approach to seeing how the world works.

      As for Walt’s posts… Beautiful! I am going to use this as my mantra for today. What wisdom!

      Have a great weekend as well!!! ❀

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      1. Yes, The Universe has it’s ways!! I always like to think of them sending things into space – being off by just .5% and they will miss their target.

        I loved that quote from Walt too. I’m going to memorize it and share it – alot.

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  3. So true…we shouldn’t focus on “what if?”…but only “what is”. Take lessons from the past, but never let it chain you to regrets.

    I love that you included notes at the end. In the anthology I’m hoping to publish, I actually planned to include explanatory notes for pretty much every poem…but have since cut that out, since not everyone wants to be led. (And it also adds costs for the printing.)

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    1. You are absolutely right! We cannot wallow in our past, or it will damage our future…

      And save your money when you can! 😎 But keep me updated on your anthology, and I will give it a read.


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