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Possibilities

May 14, 2008
By Ian McCluskey, Seattle, WA

Regret is hard to avoid when I examine past decisions,
It is hard to imagine how small choices I have made,
Could change the future so much,
With more courage, more persistence, more good values,
My life could be much different than it is now,
Every branch that splits into two more,
And then two more,
And still more,
There is a never-ending tree,
And it leads to nowhere I can see or understand,
Even though my life is great,
Being so much more fortunate than billions of others,
How enjoyable each day could be,
If only I had done something else,
If only I had made a better decision,
It Forces me to wonder where I could be I right now,
Forces me to regret.

Regret is hard to avoid when I examine past decisions,
It is hard to imagine how small choices I have made,
Could change the future so much,
With more courage, more persistence, more good values,
My life could be much different than it is now,
Every branch that splits into two more,
And then two more,
And still more,
There is a never-ending tree,
And it leads to nowhere I can see or understand,
Even though my life is great,
Being so much more fortunate than billions of others,
How enjoyable each day could be,
If only I had done something else,
If only I had made a better decision,
It Forces me to wonder where I could be I right now,
Forces me to regret.
Regret is hard to avoid when I examine past decisions,
It is hard to imagine how small choices I have made,
Could change the future so much,
With more courage, more persistence, more good values,
My life could be much different than it is now,
Every branch that splits into two more,
And then two more,
And still more,
There is a never-ending tree,
And it leads to nowhere I can see or understand,
Even though my life is great,
Being so much more fortunate than billions of others,
How enjoyable each day could be,
If only I had done something else,
If only I had made a better decision,
It Forces me to wonder where I could be I right now,
Forces me to regret.
Regret is hard to avoid when I examine past decisions,
It is hard to imagine how small choices I have made,
Could change the future so much,
With more courage, more persistence, more good values,
My life could be much different than it is now,
Every branch that splits into two more,
And then two more,
And still more,
There is a never-ending tree,
And it leads to nowhere I can see or understand,
Even though my life is great,
Being so much more fortunate than billions of others,
How enjoyable each day could be,
If only I had done something else,
If only I had made a better decision,
It Forces me to wonder where I could be I right now,
Forces me to regret.
Regret is hard to avoid when I examine past decisions,
It is hard to imagine how small choices I have made,
Could change the future so much,
With more courage, more persistence, more good values,
My life could be much different than it is now,
Every branch that splits into two more,
And then two more,
And still more,
There is a never-ending tree,
And it leads to nowhere I can see or understand,
Even though my life is great,
Being so much more fortunate than billions of others,
How enjoyable each day could be,
If only I had done something else,
If only I had made a better decision,
It Forces me to wonder where I could be I right now,
Forces me to regret.


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