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Michael Vann United States (5/8/2013 1:32:00 AM)

Some fifty years ago in high school I heard a poem that seemed to be an older woman telling how she would do things differently if she could do it all again.
I am pretty sure the last line was " I would pick more flowers" and earlier in the poem the woman said she would do something like ignoring a " Keep of the Grass" sign and she would walk on the grass.
I saw " Warning" by Jenny Joseph and that is not the poem - - -unless my memory has changed the poem so much I hardly recognize the original.
The poet probably had a well known name - well enough that an English teacher exposed us students to this woman's poems.
Leads anyone?

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  • Freshman - 1,450 Points Laura Burns (5/8/2013 1:39:00 PM) Post reply | Read 2 replies
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    This one, maybe?:

    I'd Pick More Daisies
    By Nadine Stair

    If I had my life to live over,
    I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
    I would relax. I would limber up.
    I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
    I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
    I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
    I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers,
    and watch more sunsets.
    I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
    I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
    You see, I am one of those people who lives
    prophylactically and sensibly and sanely,
    hour after hour, day after day.

    Oh, I have had my moments
    And if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
    In fact, I'd try to have nothing else.
    Just moments, one after another.
    Instead of living so many years ahead each day.
    I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
    without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a
    raincoat, and a parachute.

    If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things.
    I'd travel lighter than I have.
    If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted
    earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
    I would play hooky more. I wouldn't make such good grades
    except by accident.
    I would ride on merry-go-rounds.

    I'd pick more daisies!

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    • Freshman - 1,450 Points Michael Vann (5/9/2013 1:04:00 PM) Post reply

      Thank you Laura Burns. This is probably the poem I was looking for; it fits in many significant ways. Only thing it does not have is something about walking on some grass that is posted " Keep ... more

    • Freshman - 1,450 Points Michael Vann (5/9/2013 1:03:00 PM) Post reply

      Thank you Laura Burns. This is probably the poem I was looking for; it fits in many significant ways. Only thing it does not have is something about walking on some grass that is posted " Keep ... more

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