Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

0006 If only


If only
everyone about to pull the trigger of a gun
imagined the shell hitting his own family
what a world

if only
everyone remembered how they loved
their teddy bears or dolls, asking nothing back from them
and lived like this for the rest of their lives
what a world

if only
we could keep the environment as clean and happy
as the seaside
what a world

if only
everyone who cut down a tree
planted a tree in its place
what a world

if only
you would add your own deepest hopes to this poem
and all your friends agreed
what a poem
what a world

Submitted: Saturday, August 26, 2006
Edited: Saturday, August 28, 2010

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  • Rookie kAy BaRCeLon (9/3/2006 3:46:00 PM)

    If only... it would be a perfect world!
    I don't think I can live in a perfect world...
    But if only... for a few hours in a day, I would...
    Thank you,
    k (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Michael Shepherd (8/26/2006 6:27:00 AM)

    If only
    friends hadn't invented
    the idea of 'enemies',
    what a world, Danny! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danny Reynolds (8/26/2006 6:16:00 AM)

    If only
    the Chinese hadn't discovered gunpowder
    Nobel hadn't made dynamite
    and all the World Wars were settled by a food fight using jelly (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Scarlett Treat (8/26/2006 5:43:00 AM)

    If only. I read somewhere once that IF was the biggest little word in the English language, and I think it must be true. IF only, and the world would be a better place. (Report) Reply

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