Retired To Expire

Retired to expire from my mind,
Are those 'what ifs'.
The 'could ofs' and the 'should have beens'.

There comes a time,
When thoughts like that must go.
Even to visit with them to reminisce,
Has nothing to do with the time I get...
To do the best I can to forget,
Dreaming with others about what was wished.
To leave them sitting to dream,
As I adventured to take risks.
And admitting to myself in those days long gone,
I may not find success in the process.
But experience alone I will accept and move on.

Retired to expire from my mind,
Are those 'what ifs'.
The 'could ofs' and the 'should have beens'.
Since looking back on ther tracks I've made,
With fears to face to witness them fade.
No regrets can I express to say or confess,
About initiative to take.
And it done to leave procrastination behind.
I did it to do to find it wasn't easy.

Retired to expire from my mind,
Are those 'what ifs'.
The 'could ofs' and the 'should have beens'.
And I did this to do,
To find the doing of it not easy...
Getting up with dreams wished,
With efforts to endeavor.
And seeking to have them fulfilled.

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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