Michael Pruchnicki

If Life Were So Simple - Poem by Michael Pruchnicki

I thought in those final moments

if I had studied harder and learned
all the intricate declensions of Latin
if my parents had acquired the wealth
to send me to a proper university
if my grandparents had left
the old country in time
if my inclination to speak
up in resentment and bile
had been restrained
perhaps this dismal death
on a distant battlefield
might have been avoided

but then I never would
have become Achilles

Comments about If Life Were So Simple by Michael Pruchnicki

  • (7/4/2008 7:07:00 PM)

    Wow, I loved this poem. Very insightful and intellecual, capturing the young man's
    feeling of immortality behind the shield of an ancient magnanimous warrior.
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  • (7/4/2008 6:57:00 PM)

    Life can be so full of what ifs, but it is all about saying 'yes' in the end that determines the final consequence. And we do not give our answer as if we are alone. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 4, 2008

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