Michael J. Burt

Rookie (July 1,1985 / Washington, DC)

If Only You Knew - Poem by Michael J. Burt

If only you knew who I was,
who I’ve been,
who I am,
you would then know that
you need me in your life
so we can complement each other
Trust me you can take me home to your mother.

Together we can change outlooks,
better imperfections,
send love in the other’s direction
unselfishly,
but this can’t happen
‘cause I don’t know you
and you don’t know me,
although I want to,
I’m incomplete.

As I open my mouth to speak:
silence;
take the pen to paper:
no words;
open the memoir of my life:
blank pages.
A part of me is missing.
I was born this way.

But if only you knew who I was,
who I’ve been,
who I am,
you would know that without you,
I am not fully me nor am I complete.
I’m still wondering
if we will ever be or
if this all occurred in my dreams.


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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 18, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, February 4, 2011


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