Tuesday, August 27, 2013

IF ONLY...AND..........OR

If ony
My mirror would lie about wrinkles of time,
and traffic would fly when I'm late,
and my house would stay clean as a Lysol commercial,
and my excitable, naughty dog were sedate,
and chocolate melted my overweight,
and I were so smart, all problems solved,
and wars -  memory so faint,,
and all people were fully nourished
by how they lived and all they ate.

and you
if only you'd be as I wish
trust me, this would be a better place.
And because there's so much I'd like improved
I wonder
must I wait to rest in peace in a grave?

Is joy a vapor I can breathe
as I watch and engage
with change revolving
around life and time
while all along
I am, it is, you are this way?

(Submitted to Dverse Poets.)


  1. Ah, I think sometimes we all think in terms of "if only,' and oftentimes it is so easy to get trapped in that....both for ourselves and for others in our lives. I like the last stanza with the breathing of joy in the way things are at the present..which is all we have....one moment at a time. Very thoughtful poem, Myrna.

  2. "must I wait to rest in peace in a grave?"

    Until then, we're all subject to life's vagaries.

  3. ha - good thoughts in this...all the ifs and whens are so fruitless and lead us only into unhappiness...i love the conclusion of taking life as it comes and people as they are... i think that's a good recipe to live a good life

  4. joy as a vapor...at times it seems...i am glad i am not a god...if my whims changed things it would be a very messed up world...smiles....

  5. Yes! The answer is yes. Hee hee. I love this - the kind of stream of consciousness we all have.....everything would be great if only......

  6. Hard to accept life as it is. I'm never sure my version would actually be better, but I do understand what you mean - all so complex - Thanks. k.

  7. How we would have wished to change and be influenced to change! The vagaries of life in a world split with lots of goings-on can provide lots of aspects that can be changed! If only we can be perfect! Nicely Myrna!


  8. We are all that way.>KB

  9. Oh if only you were - but the only way to change it is to change yourself. I think you're on to something here!

  10. Oh, bring on the perfect world! I sure can feel this poem.

  11. joy as a vapor... isn't that chocolate? just kidding. If only's ARE dangerous.

  12. If only....and yet you seem to come to terms with ifs and only.. nice write! ~jackie~

  13. If only's - joy a vapour how uncomplicated life could be. I'd say relax and go with the flow as much as possible as more stress would be upon us by wanting such a perfect world (as lovely as it would be)
    Very nice Myrna/

  14. the pondering of life..'if only'..I like the conclusion how that 'joy is a vapor I can breathe'.

  15. The dissatisfaction or restlessness life sometime brings us sure is palpable here.

  16. Beautiful words, Myrna. I always read your poems over and over because they ARE so beautiful. Hugs to you!