Barry Van Allen

If We Know It - Poem by Barry Van Allen

He was young and stupid,
she never understood just why,
before he ever met her,
... that is what he did.

He was young and stupid,
and he never could explain it,
survival was a half - way measure,
... he never meant to hurt her.

In his youth and his stupidity,
he thought that law forgot him,
... law never does,
... caught up with him,
... maybe, time to pay those debts!

She made all of the difference,
but, because he never said,
that the child they had together,
... that was all the difference...
... too late now for him!

- - - OR maybe not!

When debts are paid,
then debts are paid! - - -
... nobody said it would be easy,
but... the debts are paid!

Starting over is the way it sounds,
from the beginning, it's a tough damn deal,
... but, it's a chance to start again,
... almost!

It will follow you forever,
and it is what you make of that,
... own up to it, admit it,
... and then move on!

Become the good man that she married,
the man she 's still in love with,
the father of your children,
and prove yourself well worthy,
to call yourself her husband.

Being young and stupid,
is what too many young men do,
and often it's that woman,
that makes the difference...

And being young and stupid,
causes us to never admit,
that there is any truth to that!
... even if we know it!

It is exactly how it sounds,
... and even more,
each and every bit of it,
I swear she knows it when she hears it,
... and won't admit it!

Comments about If We Know It by Barry Van Allen

  • (11/21/2007 12:23:00 PM)

    Ahh to be young and NOT stupid..... alas. -chuck (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 23, 2011

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