Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Next Time


Next time (if I get the chance)
I will take a different stance
Yes, try to be what I am not
And so below unfold my plot) ...

Next time I`ll not turn a cheek
Next time, I shall not be weak
No, next time I won`t weep and wail
For next time round I will not fail

Next time I shall not be late
Next time I won`t hesitate
No, next time I`ll not flounder long
Yes, next time I`ll be sure and strong

Next time I won`t be so small
Next time I`ll walk proud and tall
And next time I won`t hide my face
For next time I will have my place

Next time I shall get it right
Next time I will shout and fight
For next time It won`t be the same
Yes, next time I will win the game

Next time I won`t be afraid
And stay unnoticed in the shade
For next time I will be the one
To shine triumphant `neath the sun

Next time you will hear my voice
Next time, next time I will rejoice
For next time I`ll be brave and free
OH NEXT TIME, YES, JUST WAIT AND SEE! !

(Next time if I can I will
Be all these things, or better still
I`ll stay myself and be content
To live as now, indifferent)

Submitted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Edited: Monday, February 20, 2012

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  • Vashi Pandey (7/16/2012 10:10:00 AM)

    Nice thoughts executed beautifully...Loved it...Thanks to God, there is always a next time... :) (Report) Reply

  • Rachel Loveday (3/19/2012 11:23:00 AM)

    Thank you for directing me to your poem. I like it a lot! Very nice. Thank you for commenting on my poem also. (you live in southport too? I used to live there and my mum still does) xx (Report) Reply

  • Frank Acquafredda (3/11/2012 10:57:00 AM)

    really liked this one, felt as if the words could have came out of my mouth. thanks for taking the time to give me some feedback, good or bad, its appreciated all the same (Report) Reply

  • Lenore Lee (3/5/2012 6:22:00 PM)

    I love this poem, how it boldly states, next time I'll take a stand and be myself instead of doing nothing. It reminds me of Stephen King's book The Stand where they proclaim 'You don't have to stand tall in this room, but you do have to stand up'. Wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Roy Allen (2/26/2012 1:16:00 PM)

    Liked it Valerie.
    You got it out of your system and stayed the lovely you.
    Roy (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (2/26/2012 6:11:00 AM)

    We all have to take a stance at some point.
    Stand up and be counted. A fantastic poem. (Report) Reply

  • Bianca F. (2/24/2012 6:43:00 AM)

    Very touching poem. Luckily in life there exists this many next times. (Report) Reply

  • Lasoaphia Quxazs (2/21/2012 12:23:00 PM)

    There is no next time. Be what you want now. I learned to watch my words, because what you say even think comes back to you. Remember it was said: Believe and it shall be done. It is not good to say: next time, instead say: NOW, but I do not think that person is you. You are soft and pleasant, not that tough person. Look into your self and see what you really are. And be that. (Report) Reply

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