If Only I’d Been

born to rich parents;
I could sit to write
just dream up stuff
without worrying about bills and payments

born a genius;
I could already
have amassed a fortune
to retire and write about how I did it

disciplined from the start;
I’d be where I want
in life and in love
happy, content and free to write with abandon.

If I’d been free to
do whatever I want
without worry
I’d remove all obstacles so I could work at writing.

©2009 Shari Lynne Smothers

Prompt: Write a poem title using “If only (BLANK)”; then write the poem. This is my poem for Day 12 of the 2009 PAD November Chapbook Challenge.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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