“If Only…”

“If Only…”

“If only…” he said
‘til the day he died
Let regrets drown
His dreams inside

Paralyzed in the present
By mistakes of the past
Gave up on living
Until dying at last

Few words are so cruel
Or have ruined more lives
They corrode the spirit
And cut like knives

Two little words
But oh the cost
Dreams shattered
And lives lost

Don’t suffer the fate
Of broken-winged birds
Time to break free
From those two little words

–Russ Towne

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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12 Responses to “If Only…”

  1. I was just saying yesterday in a comment to another blogger how I spent too many years saying ‘if only’ in my mind and in my heart. It keeps you tied to the past when the present and the future is there to behold..Diane

  2. bulldog says:

    How true… the “if only” of our lives and not only that, but the “what if”

  3. arrwstos says:

    I would really like to say thanks so much for your job you have made in writing this blog post. I am hoping to see more of the same from you in the future as well.

  4. jolynproject says:

    Simply beautiful. It’s amazing how little words can have such big effects in our lives.

  5. Andrea Kelly says:

    Fantastic! You just keep getting better and better, my friend 🙂 Keep em coming!

  6. russtowne says:

    Reblogged this on Clyde and Friends and commented:

    I’m committed to living my life in such a way that these two little words will never have the chance to consume me.

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