If I Could Turn Back Time

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

If only I could turn back time. If only I could return to yesterday or the day before. To a time before today and before the start of memories and the beginning of regrets.

IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME

By Al Garcia

If only I could turn back time.  If only I could return to yesterday or the day before.  To a time before today and before the start of memories and the beginning of regrets. 

If only I could right all my wrongs, and take back all the words that hurt and the actions that caused insult and injury to the hearts of those that touched my life.  If only I turn back time and relive the moments that I regret.

If only I could turn back time to enable me to ease the pain of those I loved and cherished so, of the cruel ailments that come with aging and with surrendering to time.  To see love fade into the endless night, with one last sigh, and with tears of regret, fright, and anticipation flowing down their exhausted face, is to die a thousand times or more, as I fall into a pit of darkness and despair.

If only I could turn back time and feel again the rush of youth I shared with friends that died such lonely deaths on distant battlefields.  So young to have suffered so much, without anyone to hear their cry or hold their hand as darkness fell.  If I could only turn back time to be with them to hold their hand, to comfort them, to wipe their brow and dab the escaping tears that will forever flow. 

Regrets.  Remorse.  Doubts.  Repentances and atonements.  Part of living, and part of growing old and looking back. 

And in this time of confusion and uncertainty, with time to sit and ponder and to wonder, I find myself reminiscing about what could have been.  I think about what I could have said or what I could have done that would have changed the memories now seared into my mind and aching heart.  And I begin to see the many things that were left unsaid, and the shrouded and secreted emotions that were never shared.  And I think to myself, if only I could turn back time.


Submitted: May 22, 2021

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