If Only

Source: heartlight.com
If only                                                                                                                  Viola Athaide
rings in echoes through life’s landscape
big and small regrets
whining loud and clear
now slowly trailing to a whimper.

The past flashes by in lost moments
of climbing hairpin turns
and spinning downward
in frayed feelings
like faded ribbons of yester year.

If only
we could escape
stumbling into ruts of dogged darkness
the quiet teardrops of felt pain,
carefully walking forward
avoiding glossy wrapped distractions.

Life is so full of ‘if-only’ for all
seeking to drop the heavy burden
of wallowing negativity
moving to new horizons
being thankful for simple acts of kindness.

I cast aside those wasted thoughts
of words left unsaid and deeds undone.
Regrets are really pointless emotions
rolling on a tide of disappointment.
The lessons learned are luminous.

Whispers of hope fill the air
once overcast with stale clouds,
for the Almighty has raised me up*
on eagle’s wings
made me to shine like the sun
and holds me in the palm of his hand.

* Reference to Psalm 91

Viola Athaide, a student of Theology, is actively involved in parish life, leading Bible courses, the Prayer Group, and the Ministry with Maturing Adults.

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 09:32h, 15 November Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Tonis Kilp
    Posted at 11:34h, 15 November Reply

    Thank you for sharing Viola, it is beautiful, God has truly blessed you with your gift of writing, take care and once again thank you for sharing.

  • Sylvia Lee
    Posted at 12:23h, 15 November Reply

    Thanks Viola for your inspiring poem. Love the ending to quote Psalm 91.

    Yes, we have lots to learn everyday, no matter big or small, we also learn to appreciate and be thankful for any acts of kindness.

    God bless you.

  • Maria Chrysant Susanto
    Posted at 13:06h, 15 November Reply

    Well written. Thank you Viola

  • Lalita Figueredo
    Posted at 15:34h, 15 November Reply

    Viola, the line I like the best and can relate to is “regrets are really pointless emotions rolling on a tide of disappointment”. I have advised my four children that they should “try and lead their lives so they have no regrets”.

  • Jacqui Hubbard
    Posted at 17:31h, 15 November Reply

    Thank you, my friend. Your poems always touch me deeply but this one is very personal. Thinking only positive thoughts.
    God is good. His will be done.

  • Mario Coutinho
    Posted at 11:17h, 16 November Reply

    Hi Viola,
    If only! I could express myself like you do, then I would be called a musical instrument too! Your writing is both spiritual and thought-provoking too.
    God Bless you and yours,

  • rosa scarpino
    Posted at 13:11h, 16 November Reply

    Great words to live by. I’m still learning and praying for wisdom.
    Thanks Viola and may God continue to bless you, Rosa.

  • Lillian M Phelan
    Posted at 14:50h, 16 November Reply

    Thank you Viola. Your words give me hope and the knowledge that I am being held in love and ccompassion. Many blessings.

  • Harriet
    Posted at 17:51h, 16 November Reply

    “If only” resounds in my brain and your words regrets are pointless emotions ring true. I’m learning and thank you for this piece of wisdom

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 19:23h, 16 November Reply

    Beautiful poem! Like Lalita, I was struck by the line “Regrets are really pointless emotions.” Indeed they are! I confess I have spent more time than I should on empty regrets which get one nowhere in the end.

  • Ornella Vecchio
    Posted at 12:26h, 17 November Reply

    Your “Flock of Words” resonates deeply with preparing for Advent. Your words are full of comfort and hope. Thank you Viola.

  • Maria Lobo
    Posted at 09:59h, 18 November Reply

    Many thanks, Viola, for inspiring us to move forward from “pointless regrets” of “What If” and “If Only”…….”endless waves of negativity” (a quote from your amazing “So What” poem)……….to the God-sustaining and “luminous”…”whispers of hope”……WOW!!! May you continue “to shine like the sun,” blissfully aware that our dear, loving God is “holding you in the palm of HIS hand!”

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