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Author Name: Freebarbinar 4 Comments
Date Added: August 11, 2010 08:08:27 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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If I Had to Choose
I was six years old and going to the fair.
My face washed clean, ribbons in my hair.
New white sandals on my dancing feet;
hearing sounds of laughter in the street.
And then mother says, "Which will it be?",
holding up two little dresses for me;
"The red or the blue?"  I could not say;
a little of the sun went out of the day.

When I was twelve there were things to do;
Each day held adventure, something new.
The time for summer camp were drawing near,
but Daddy said I could have a horse this year.
Go away or stay home; camp or a pet?
I must decide soon, but please, not yet.
I sat under the elm down by the creek
and thought for hours, knees feeling weak.

And suddenly I was twenty; a boy came to call.
He was not my dream prince, not at all.
But he courted me, and wooed me with charm,
offering me love and laughter in his arms.
So once again I had choices to make;
which way to go; which path to take?
I can't help but wonder if I went the right way.
Would I make the same choice again today?

Decisions, choices that change our lives;
we face them daily and have to decide
whether to do this, or perhaps that other;
take this road or opt for another?
We can not know who we might have met,
and futile to regret what we did not get;
so best to just take today with grace,
finding what joy we can in this time and place.




 





Author's Notes:
It is so tempting to think what might have been, but it can rob us of the joy of what is. 
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeCherie on August 22, 2010 12:11:59 AM Report
I loved reading this! It is so well written and leaves you smiling. :)
Comment By: FreeDamon D. Brewer on August 13, 2010 04:23:43 AM Report
Yes, I often wonder what if.  What if I had made another choice about some things, or what if someone else had made other choices would that have affected my life in some way?  I know that some choices I make could be made differently and I sometimes think that some choices that other people make could have an effect on my life as well.  Excellently worded my friend.

 

Damon

Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on August 11, 2010 11:39:45 PM Report
I think there are pros and cons in every choice we make. This was a great way to introduce choices...starting small and working up to bigger ones. Even being content in the present is a choice. Very interesting Barbara, your poem if food for thought. Nice presentation!

~Barbara D.~

Comment By: FreeRobert on August 11, 2010 09:25:08 AM Report
Very astute write  But as I have found much to my dismay "the grass is not always greener" nor is "and they lived happily ever after" Life is full of what ifs and maybes. we chose and tardily acknowledging our regrets enter into that place where dreams and breath are forbidden.




 


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