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If I Had The Time
by John Smith Williams

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

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If I Had the Time.

If I had the time to smell the daisies I would,
If I had the time to laze away the day I would,
But for now I have to do the things I should,
Time is too precious to waste even if I could.,

At twenty I was setting out to make my mark upon the world,
The days just raced on by in an ever increasing whirl,
Competition was keen, I had to be up among the best,
Every day it seemed was some kind of test.

At thirty I was married with a young family to support,
My work days were long , no time for pleasure or for sport,
The family was growing I had to ensure a future for them all,
No time to neglect a thing, just keep my eye upon the ball,

At forty my business had grown, I had to keep competition at bay.
It meant longer hours working hard by night and by day,
The family grew, I saw them briefly as we went our separate ways,
When someone asked about them I said, “they’re doing OK”.

At fifty I saw them graduate and congratulated them with pride,
Of course I couldn’t be there for the awards, I couldn’t put the time aside,
Still it’s nice to know that all the time they had my full support,
Even if I wasn’t able to see them really, as much as I ought,

So life goes on I have that feeling life has passed me by,
So many good intentions, I must say I really tried,
To give the family all they needed to survive,
Perhaps misplaced love, based on a materiel life,

So now I wonder, could I have better rationed time,
Could I have smelt the daisies, making life sublime,
Instead of rushing headlong into that life apart,
Which leaves me wondering with an ache in my heart.

John W 04/02/04

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Reviewed by daphne hart 8/25/2011
This is beautifull and absolutly true.we can learn a lot from this poem. Keep on writing.
Reviewed by Hiren Shah 8/28/2005
I think the best tribute to this poem is that if I had more time, I would read all such poems on authorsden and other wesbsites.
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 2/4/2004
great write.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/3/2004
A wonderful flow of thoughts and memories through ones life. All we can ask from ourselves is to do our best. If we can say we have, we have done okay.
Reviewed by William J. Cryer (Reader) 2/3/2004
A moving reflection...
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