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  If only… only if…
by Peter J. Oszmann
Saturday, April 25, 2009
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An allegorical poem for “credit crunch” days

It was the time for our annual rush

To jump off the cliff and land with a crush,

When one bright one amongst us meekly said:

“I would much rather stay home in my bed”.

We stopped there, looked at each other and said:

“Mass suicide is really rather sad;

Let’s phone Samaritans and ask for help,

Before we decide to jump with a yelp.”

One old one amongst us reached for his phone,

Started dialling with a moan and groan,

Then just waited for someone to answer,

With his heart beating faster and faster.

But there was no luck, no reply at all,

No Samaritans to answer our call,

So we shrugged our shoulders and with a sigh,

Started marching again, ready to die

Singing, shouting: “ If only… only if…”

As we hurled ourselves down from the darned cliff…





Hope and wait for other’s help only if

You are prepared to die under a cliff…



© P. J. Oszmann  (2009)

Illustration borrowed from public domain





“Stumbling upon”  the cartoon on the internet, combined with current

“Credit Crunch” blues and mentality inspired this poem.


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Reviewed by neerja gandhi 5/15/2009
ooohh..mass suicide..thats terrible...neerja
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi Benyehu (Reader) 4/26/2009
"If only… only if…" people decide to think we can prevent mass suicidal that is about to get on the headlines of the main papers around the globe... I can sense the reality in this allegorical vision of prophetic imagery.

I have enjoyed the reading of "If only… only if…" for its language's gradeur and poetic majesty; and for its message and symbolism.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/26/2009
Cleverly expressed and most apt and timely, Peter. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Stan Law (aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski) 4/25/2009
Reading this I felt like a lemming. Luckily, I was soothed by your previous sonnet. A delightful one.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/25/2009
Gotta do for the self and ask for help only when needed, but not TOO VERY often, as help can, if over used, turn one down...Ed
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 4/25/2009
Very clever write Peter. Your metaphor is not lost to this reader. Well done indeed.
Write On!
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/25/2009
Sad write, Peter, but I am learning to lean on the Lord Jesus Christ to get me through these hard times! What more CAN we do?

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/25/2009

Sad, when we can't rely upon our fellow man - it's one for all, and one for ONE nowadays - excellent write. But not giving up THAT easily - with God's Grace, we'll make it, Karen and I! Well penned.

((((HUGS)))) and love, Karla.

Books by
Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. Life and a Love
  2. Australian storm
  3. Water Baby
  4. in honor of
  5. Learning Experence
  6. Free Spirit
  7. For Emily
  8. I'm So Happy
  9. Love It or Leave It !
  10. Blue Morpho
  11. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  12. His Queen
  13. courage
  14. Contemplation
  15. My Scars
  16. Your Own Nuclear Power
  17. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  18. Morning Thoughts
  19. Repairing the Damage
  20. Traveler's Lament

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