Looking Back



If given some say by would be fate

Change things in my life, a second chance

An opportunity to skew my current state

And in some small way my life enhance

If I could rewind to those biggest choices

Where I could choose left instead of right

If I had listened to the other head voices

Or just seen my world in a truer light

If I had decided to stay instead of run

Or built a bridge in place of a wall

When it was finally all said and done

Would it really have mattered at all

If I had decided to risk when I faced a fear

Or saved the love I so poorly spent

If each branch on my forward path more clear

Would it have changed the direction I went

Or would I do everything just the same

Suffering over each pain and great fall

Not kismet or destiny will bear the blame

For in my own life I am master of all

Would changing the past be benefit

Would it have made me some better man

Or must I accept history and be fine with it

That not everything went according to plan

An easier road may have been sought

But would it change who I would be

I can accept what my failures bought

For they made the person that is me

I would not want to change a moment

For when all added they create a sum

Each a critical and vital component

To the man that I have become




13 Responses to “Looking Back”
  1. Jim Borden says:

    great poem; we can’t change the past, but we can learn from it.

  2. To be at peace with the choices we’ve made – the bad as well as the good – takes great bravery and courage. This poem is elegantly written and I LOVE it!

  3. Reblogged this on Ramblings and Ruminations and commented:
    My brother has been growing as a poet and doing so is also growing him as a person. This poem speaks true to his nature with a courage most of us will never achieve. Please enjoy it!

  4. meenawalia says:

    Very beautifully written Brad.it takes courage to accept the responsibility of the decisions we make.Besides what’s the guarantee life would have been better if we would have made different choices anyways ….

  5. Harley Unhinged says:

    Beautiful and heartfelt ❤🖤

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