the what ifs

what if i’d listened?
what if i’d stayed?
what if i’d wasted
another decade?
what if i’d waited
to give up my youth?
what if i’d lied
(or just altered the truth)?
what if i’d run off
the plane at o’hare?
what if i’d trusted
in catholic prayers?
what if i hadn’t
imagined your skin?
or constructed this universe
(the one we live in)?
what if i’d swallowed
the hope in my chest?
what if i’d given
the runner a rest?
what if i’d shriveled
and wasted away?
what if i hadn’t?
what can i say?

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