If I Could Turn Back Time…

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If you had the chance to start over and to begin again, this time doing it in an altogether better and more advantageous manner, would you take it? And if you did, what would you do with it that you didn’t do that first time in order to ensure a more serendipitous conclusion?

I Wish

I wish I could turn back time,
reverse all that has happened,
thereby altering the course of what is yet to come.

I wish I could wave a magic wand and render it all irrelevant,
erase the damage, the pain, the conflict,
rewrite the parts that swallowed me up.

I would return to that child,
hold out my hand and pull her inward,
embrace her long and hard,
whisper sweet nothing’s, messages of love, words of encouragement.

I would mother her in a way I have never known,
giving to her everything that was denied to me.

I would raise her again, from start to finish, and I would do it right,
giving her the gift of all that has been taken.

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