John Carter Brown

If Only - Poem by John Carter Brown

If only I could write such words
As men whose hearts and minds were full
Of life's great prize,
Oh but alas, my eyes
Have been pulled o'er with wool.

If only I could see as they,
And feel the freshness of the breeze;
And soar and fly
Oh but alas, I
Cannot see the wood for trees.

If only I could plainly pour out
From my soul, what there exists;
Write, and be free
But no, you see
A veil is drawn just like a mist.

If only I could break the chains
And then unlock the heavy door;
Burst through and shout:
I only wish it could be so.

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Me feeling a bit sorry for myself.
Written Sept 1994

Comments about If Only by John Carter Brown

  • Nia Schexnider (4/15/2014 2:45:00 PM)

    :) lol feeling sorry for yourself. Seems like a bit of regret also.. good clear poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, September 9, 2013

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