If there had been a clue

Of what I meant to you

How easy it would be

To hide the needs in me


If there had been some sign

Yet love seemed so divine

I would certain not stay

To watch you walk away


If there had been omen

When my heart was open

You see me something less

But gave did I my best


If I had been aware

Too easily I care

Right from the very start

Protect from you my heart


If it had been foretold

Your love was not of gold

Your truth plied ever thin

Iโ€™d not have let you in


If I had the foresight

To see your wrongs less right

Avoiding the cruel strife

When you stepped out my life


If I had only known

I would be left alone

Never would I have kissed

Those lips now sorely missed


If there were one to ask

If you could face the task

Of loving in return

My love not shared to spurn


A warning of some kind

That love is ever blind

Hidden from wanting eyes

Pretending no one lies


I gave away too much

My heart I let you touch

For love to be denied

By who you are inside


20 Responses to “If”
  1. beth says:

    a sad and honest reflection, don’t let it stop you from connecting again with someone even if you may be more cautious this time

  2. kristianw84 says:

    It breaks my heart to think anyone could be so careless with yours. โค

    • Brad Osborne says:

      It is a risk we all take when we give our hearts to another. And broken it was. But time heals all wounds when someone comes along that reminds us of the rewards that come with that risk. Thank you, dear friend! ๐Ÿ’–

  3. K.L. Hale says:

    I understand, Brad. Youโ€™ve beautifully described the process in which I can relate. Your words always reflect that which I feel or have felt! Itโ€™s a gift my friend! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿค—

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you for your kind words, dear Karla! I am not sure if the gift is my common words or your gift of empathy. Be well, my friend! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ

      • K.L. Hale says:

        Youโ€™re so welcome, Brad. Do you ever feel you lived a million lives? Through love, loss (many), and experiences? Perhaps itโ€™s a combo of both things you mentioned ~what a great perspective! Hugs and love! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค— Iโ€™m hanging in and staying strong!

  4. mistermuse says:

    Beautifully written. Such a poignant poem suggested this poignant response:

  5. I suspect most of us have lived your words at least once in our lives. Your words remind me of the pain and grief I had to get through and reading them, I begin to doubt the truth of the adage, “It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all”.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      I think you are correct. Most have felt this in one way or another. I, too, have questioned the validity of that old adage. It makes me think of a different analogy. How much would you miss the taste of chocolate if you had never tasted it in the first place? Love you, sis!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    My mind immediately went to the song by Bread entitled, If.
    “If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can’t I paint you?”

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Brad this piece is heartbreaking. There can be deep pain and a terrible sense of loss when love fails us. Still I am glad I did not give up on finding love or love finding me.

    Your words are beautifully descriptive and captivating. Thanks for sharing and blessings to you my friend. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒน๐Ÿฆ‹

  8. If there had been a clue, sign, or omen, I surely would have missed them all!

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