Thursday, May 07, 2015

What If…

What If…

I hate What Ifs.

That question haunts me, taunts me,

dragging tears down my face

and twisting my stomach into knots.

All day long the What Ifs hound me.

New ones wake me up at night.

What if I had called? What if I had been there?

What if, what if, what if…


The What Ifs are not levers

to a time machine that rectifies,

That deletes, that cheats death.

What ifs can not, do not, will not

Restore life.

And yet, they march, uninvited

Into my day and linger long into the night.

What if they just went away?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Stranger in the Mirror

I look at the stranger in the mirror.

Where have I seen him before?

The face is only slightly familiar to me.

I would not recognize this face,

If I saw it coming toward me.

I have not seen THIS face before.

This face that has only eyebrow hair,

Is a stranger to me.

He stares at me from my mirror

Wondering who is looking at him.

Who do I see in that face?

My parents play peek-a-boo

In that elder’s face

That mirrors back to me.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

If I were you and you were me


If I were you and you were me

Would I like you and would you like me?

Would we like what we'd see?

Perhaps not, but then, maybe so!

Yes? No?

Would I love you or would I hate you?

Would I praise you or condemn you?

After a time, I do believe,

A different reality I would perceive.

I would know you and I would love you.

I would delight in who you are.

For I would see that the totality of my experiences

Is what make me me.