I Could Have…


Emma Belle Martin Ware

3 May 1873-8 Nov 1938

I could have asked my Grandmother, about how things were when she was young,

But I was much younger then, and simply held my tongue!

I could have asked about a lot of things, like happenings in her past,

But I was busy with other things, and questions, I did not ask!

I could have learned of her family life, her schooling and her kin

But I was concerned about the here and now, and not about back then!

I could have asked my Grandma things, like my family’s lore,

But to me, back then was history, and in school, history was a bore!

I could have paid attention when she talked of my father’s youth,

But I had things to do, places to go, and not concerned with truth!

I could have gone to visit more, and maybe made her glad,

But visiting that nursing home, always made me sad!

I could have talked about the kids, while spending time with her,

But now she’s gone, dear thing, and her memory’s just a blur!

I could have done a lot of things, during my Grandma’s life,

But  I did not a single thing, to ease my Grandma’s strife!

I could have——-

But I——–

I could have——–

But I——

I could have——-

But I——–

I could have—–=-

But I—-

R Ware



I Could Have… — 1 Comment

  1. Wow Raymond, this is powerful. You have a gift of penning your thoughts to poem form. Most of us keep the thoughts on this subject matter hidden deep inside us…could have, should have, but…

    Wayne Ware
    Cedar Falls, IA

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