Almost - Poem by Gemma Ambrose
People say that 'Almost' doesn't count
But look closer and you will find that 'Almost' does amount to a lot
'Almost' is one more
Or one less tick of that old clock
When there is a murder or medical need or urgency.
'Almost' is the difference
Between richer, or poorer
Better, or worse
Virgin, or harlot
Blessing, or curse.
'Almost' serves as the hated reminder
of things that could have been,
Things that are,
Things that should have been,
Things that were,
Things that would have been
If things had been so.
'Almost' is what you were going to say,
What you wanted say,
What you didn't say.
'Almost' amounts to the avoidable pain borne,
Or the consequential hurt you didn't feel because you received the fairer end of the deal
'Almost' may represent the experience which makes you that much stronger;
The teacher which shows you to hold on for that much longer.
'Almost' may be all your dreams on the brink of coming true;
And all the things you thought you wanted coming to you...
Making you almost happy.
But not quite there - not yet;
You've already seemed to forget why you wanted them in the first place.
Maybe you just wanted to taste
All the shiny, pretty things 'Happy' people hold.
Doesn't work for you? It's the story of old.
Don't worry, no need for sorrow;
'Cause you know? - 'Almost keeps you going,
Reaching for better things,
Thickens your skin,
Juts out your chin,
And opens your eyes...
'Almost' is the fuel of our lives.
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