Brian Patten

(7 February 1946 / Liverpool / England)

Mr Ifonly Poem by Brian Patten


Mr Ifonly sat down and he sighed,
I could have done more if only I had tried
If only I had followed my true intent
If only I had done the things that I meant
If only I had done the things that I could
And not simply done the things that I should
If only a day had lasted a year
And I had not lived in constant fear
Mr Ifonly sat down and he cried:
I could really have lived if only I had tried!
Now life has past me by and its such a crime,
Said Mr Ifonly who had run out of time

Submitted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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