If I Could

Your sorrow shows in your eyes and is etched on your face
It reflects a weary spirit that is in a painful place
The smiling mask you wear when you say everything’s OK
Can’t hide from me the tragedy you still suffer from today

Some things are easy to see for those who’ve been there before
Such as when dreams give way to nightmares and sleep’s not safe anymore
I can sense your exhaustion from long and lonely nights
And know the darkness can last forever before surrendering to the light

But I see you’re a survivor who didn’t surrender when it was the easier way
And I know the courage that it can take just to face each new day
I know too well how horrible some things in life can be
And the cost of all you’ve lost so devastatingly

If I Could, I’d hold you tight and whisper in your ear,
“You are safe, you are loved, I care, and I’m here.”
If I Could, I’d help you to achieve inner peace
And from all your grief and torment I’d help you find release

If I Could, I’d help you to forgive those who did you wrong
So you could purge the pain and hurt that’s festered for too long
That poison is buried deep and slowly killing you
I know the symptoms all too well because I’ve suffered from them too

If I could, I’d stand with you through life’s hottest fires
Because there are so many things about you I admire
I love how you keep on trying even when your hope and faith have gone
It takes a lot of courage to find such strength to carry on.

–Russ Towne

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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14 Responses to If I Could

  1. bulldogsturf says:

    Oh Wow this is just outstanding… I am in awe of those who can sit and pound these out… beautiful…

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Rob. Some come easier than others. I can write some in minutes and some take many hours. Some flow like a waterfall, while others are much more like putting a challenging jigsaw puzzle together a piece at a time after pouring the pieces of 4 or 5 boxes of different puzzles together and then trying to focus on putting only one together. The is why some of my poems seem to be parts of 2 or 3 stories that don’t quite coalesce rather than one cohesive story or message.

      I’m often in awe at the quality and quantity of your photos too.


  2. mimijk says:

    I am sure there are many reading your words who will receive comfort and hope and will appreciate your profound understanding of and compassion for them. Your heart is all over these words Russ, and that’s what I find so beautiful.

  3. Beautifully written ..full of compassion..Diane

  4. I just adore this Russ – I keep coming back to read it again. It really speaks to me – I’m going to print it out and put it on my fridge 🙂

  5. jolynproject says:

    Simply touching. Thanks for sharing this.

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