If I Had My Life To Live Over

By Nadine Stair (Source:email)

I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.
I'd relax, I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.

I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles,
but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I'm one of those people who live
sensibly and sanely hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I've had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
Just moments, one after another,
Instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I've been one of those people who never goes anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat
and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

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Desiree said...

Very nice Sham! Thanks for sharing that one!

Matty said...

Sham, If I had my life to live over, I wouldn't be such a prude,,,I'd be a wild and wacky girl. I've got the 'wacky' down pat, but I'd be a little bit wild.
Other than that,,,I'm quite content!

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Elizabeth said...

Sorry, but little old Nadine plagiarized from Jorge Luis Borges' poem "Instants." Check it out. You can download Borges' books at Scribd.

Eduardo Gonzalez said...

Elizabeth, no, a thousand times no. This is a worthless, edulcorated piece of kindergarten writing that Borges would have never written.
This is Stair's poem. It was apocriphally attributed to Borges by mistake and then the snowball started to roll.
It was first written about a decade before Borges effectively died (at age 86). All about it (in Spanish) in

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