Tony Jolley

Rookie (17th June 1958 / England)

Obverse - Poem by Tony Jolley

Will I go singing: looking ahead?
Will I go mourning: looking back instead?

Looking back at the mays and the might have beens;
Looking back at lost days and the almost seens.
Wondering what poor proportion of potential
I realised within my span existential.


Where does it go: that famous: ‘what if? ’?
To some parallel universe at the end of a spliff,
Where some other me was never a poet
For the lack of a love if he did but know it?

Are there lives lived there the mirror-match to mine
Lying just the other side of the clock face of time,
Where my right is his left, his up my down,
His better side a smile to my frown?

Do I, then, ride his roads not taken,
Walk the miles he missed, take his turns forsaken?
Does he toss a coin to help him decide
And does it fall on my mistakes-down side?

I wonder if he wonders what it’s like to be me:
The antithetical obverse of all that is he....
Am I the living sum of his greatest regrets:
The thing above all he’d prefer to forget?


Comments about Obverse by Tony Jolley

  • Fay SlimmFay Slimm (10/9/2008 5:04:00 AM)

    Chock full of interesting questions and observations this piece Tony - and so well presented that the reader's attention is claimed all through. Complementary patterns of life must exist, where we perhaps learn from mistakes we prefer never to make again..... so intriguing! A very well deserved 10+. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 6, 2008



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