Wednesday, 8 February 2012

I'd Pick More Daisies - A Poem by Nadine Stair

Our garden - a reminder of what's to come

If I had my life to live over
I'd try to make more mistakes next time
I would relax, I would limber up
I would be sillier than I have been on this trip.
I would be crazier.  I would be less hygienic.
I would take more chances.  I would take more trips
I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers
Watch more sunsets.

I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice creams and less beans
I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I am one of those people who lives
prophylactically and sensibly and sanely
hour after hour, day after day.

Oh, I have had my moments
And if I had it to do it over again, I'd have more of them.
In fact, I'd try to have nothing else
Just moments, one after another
Instead of living so many years ahead of each day
I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle
a raincoat and a parachute

If I had it to do it over again, I would go places and do things
I'd travel lighter than I have.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted,
earlier in the spring and stay that way earlier in the fall
I would play hooky more, I wouldn't make such good grades.
except by accident
I'd ride more merry-go-rounds
I'd pick more daisies.

by Nadine Stair, Age 85

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jules, thank you for the lovely comment you left me. Your post is very inspiring and timely :) Blessings Niki x


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