Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    SEASONS_CHANGE_   91,615
80,000-99,999 SparkPoints

All the Men I Might Have Been

Thursday, April 25, 2013

All the men I might have been
were gathered in a hall.
I was amazed so large a space
could scarcely hold them all.

As in a sea of mirrors
I saw reflected there
all forms of me me; alike, the same
the lips, the nose, the hair

But not the eyes, I relized
there was some difference there.
Some subtle life experience
had altered every pair.

In some eyes there was happiness,
in others I saw pain
Some faces full, some faces gaunt,
some calm, some lined with strain.

I knew, too, as I looked around
that milling, mirrored sea
that each of them saw might-have beens,
and one of them was me.

Where, I wondered, had each one changed;
had split apart from me
How could so many branches spring
from one genetic tree?

My heart was filled with envy
for some beside me there
I sensed they'd got what I had not.
That was, I felt, unfair.

Yet others made my soul grow chill
to think what they'd become
for each in whom I sensed success
there also was a bum.

The walls were lined with photographs
they stretched out, row on row
Babies, boys and younger ment
they too were me, I know

It didn't have to be explained
not one word need be said
Each of them was also me
and each of them was dead

They had not had the chance to live
to be where I am now.
I wondered why each one had died
and where, and when, and how.

At once the hall was empty
and I alone was there
My might-have-beens had vanished
each to his own place... where?

A voice came out of somewhere,
someone I could not see
"Care not for that which might have been,
but rather what will be."

"To waste your time on might-have-beens
Like wishing on a star
Just do the best with what you have
just be the one you are."

And here I am, alone with me
a stranger to me still.
But knowing that when fate
calls out: "You must", someone inside me will.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RIDMYCOCOON 4/26/2013 11:02AM

    Holey Toledo! Did you write this? Amazing!! emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PHEBESS 4/25/2013 8:56PM

    Wow! Very powerful, very haunting - and yes, very true. There's always the thought that if we took a different path at each juncture in life, we and our lives would have turned out differently.

I like to think that the person we are is the person we are meant to be - that we took the right turn and made the right choices to become who we are.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEZMOM1 4/25/2013 1:56PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
LMB-ESQ 4/25/2013 10:29AM

    Great poem... a bit haunting

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOSER05 4/25/2013 9:29AM


Report Inappropriate Comment
BE-THE-CHANGE 4/25/2013 7:26AM

    Wow - very powerful!

Report Inappropriate Comment
HOLLYM48 4/25/2013 7:10AM

    I loved this! Thsnks for posting.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARLY55 4/25/2013 6:57AM

    That was real! Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
BIGPAWSUP 4/25/2013 6:41AM

    Wow, very powerful. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
RAYCOMAR 4/25/2013 6:28AM

    Love this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEEDTOBESLIM3 4/25/2013 6:07AM

    Like this a lot, thanks for posting it. XX

Report Inappropriate Comment
LOVINGTORUN 4/25/2013 6:07AM

    Great post. Did you write that? It's awesome.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ANATASHIKI 4/25/2013 4:52AM

    not " will be " , IS . well , who am I to preach? emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DUTCHPETE641 4/25/2013 4:21AM

    Wow, that is beautiful!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.