If Only

Lives pass by, intersect and connect,
Those we would meet come and go -
Often we don't see the overall plan
Never meeting the ones we should know;
It's all about timing, one tick of the clock
Either brings us together or not,
And if we are lucky we know in our hearts
To be thankful for those that we've got;
Sometimes we're caught up in life's daily grind
And we never look up from our chores,
That person we long for that just passed us by
Might have stayed if we'd opened the doors;
Then here comes a person straight out of the blue
That totally blows you away,
And though he is everything you'd ever want
He's taken - there's nothing to say
Except that it's not fair when things like this happen,
And happen they do all the time,
You wish things were different, but that's not to be
So you suffer inside for the crime
Of loving the one that you never can have
No matter how hard you may try,
So you make up your mind to get on with your life
And just let those feelings pass by;
If only we'd met when the timing was right
While walking that infinite mile -
I'd have given you the universe, the moon and the stars -
If only you'd lingered awhile.

by Linda Ori

Comments (6)

Linda, what a beautiful poem here. If Only, how many times do we say that to ourselves. If Only I had done this or If Only I had done that. The problem is we will never know. We use that for our misjudgements. Fate leads us along some mysterious paths. At crossroads we have to make a decision, right or wrong and stick by it. Enough of my rambling. I've given this lovely piece of writing a 10 because, not only is it a very good read, it is also thought provoking. Thank you for sharing it. David
This is wizardry Linda. It has an effortless feel about it, but must have taken a great deal of artistry to create that effect. And I heartily agree with the wondering, the questioning. There are probably very few people out there that we're ideally suited to, and the chances of encountering them must be low, even when all the odds are stacked in our favour. And if/when we meet them, will we know? xx jim
This is so beautifully written and a fine reflection of a reality that every single human being is faced with....Love the last lines... If only we'd met when the timing was right While walking that infinite mile - I'd have given you the universe, the moon and the stars - If only you'd lingered awhile.
my wise friend linda...love...nalini
MB/RN...AWESOME PROSPECTIVE OFHOW OURLIVES ARE GOVERNED AND DESTNIES DETERMINED BY OLE' FATHER TIME.I ALSO AGREE WITH DANNY WHO ASTUTELY DETECTED A PENUMBRA EFFECT IN THE COURSE THAT YOUR POEM TAKES...EITHER WAY, IT DOES WORK, AND WITH TYPICAL ORI CRAFTSMANSHIP SO FINE''''''''''''''''''''''''''''FRANK/fjr
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