I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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12 July 2016

As If

It’s as if 
I could go back
to some other 
real, solid moment

and stay there
anchored in my life
as it was then 

(when I start

as if I could

some ordinary

you were sick,
and not have to 
leave that spot

or you.

This poem seems a perfect fit for Poets United's latest Midweek Motif: Absence


  1. Yes, I know this feeling, which comes so much more often as I age. Sigh. So poignant, Rosemary.

  2. Oh, I feel this. Really moving, Rosemary.

  3. Oh! If Only! But I always wake up.

  4. Life is better if it can be as good as before. Adverse situations can help motivate for improvements. Quite common to be in this situation, though.


  5. I'm with Sherry. I so know this feeling... It's difficult not to look back and wish for the things we love, but that are no longer reachable.

  6. Feel this deeply, thank you...simple and clear, but aches with feeling,


  7. I think sometimes we don't always think about the absences....but when we do we seriously FEAR them as we think about our life as it was then & won't be ever again. A poignant write, Rosemary.

  8. Feel this too... to turn back time to an exact moment...feeling the grief here Rosemary.

  9. Poignant Rosemary. The things I wish I'd said but didn't have the words.

  10. There are so many treasured moments that stick in our minds but the comfort is that they existed at all and we must hang on to them in our memories. Beautifully written Rosemary.

  11. I can feel this so very deeply, Rosemary. There are so many precious moments and so many memories which we hold dear to our hearts. Beautifully executed.

    Lots of love,

  12. If only it was as easy as "As if' - perhaps for some it may be a little easier..for the rest of us at least we can write and convince our heads we are just trying to figure it all out

  13. so poignant, i can relate...

  14. Beautiful...'As If' we could....I can also relate!

  15. We cannot turn the hands of time back, no matter how hard we want to :(

  16. A big hug around your heart, Dear. This is love-ly, and honest, and touching.

  17. Oh yes! There are so many times when even an ordinary day would bring joy. As we get older the things that challenge us is something I could never comprehend when I was younger. ~sigh~

  18. Oh, yes.....those spots feel so much more solid than any spots that come after the moment of knowing!

  19. A moving piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned from the heart , Rosemary! Sometimes I wish, I could go back in time to the good old days...Sigh!

  20. Such depth of feeling in these few lines, Rosemary... Beautiful!