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If I'd Have Only Known (A repost for vetrans day)

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hoot_owl_rn
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If Id Have Only Known

If Id have only known
That you would go away
I would have told you sooner
That I wanted you to stay
I would have showed you how important
You were to me each day
If Id have only known

If Id have only known
Your childhood wouldnt last
And how someday Id find myself
Clinging to the past
I wouldnt have wished our lives away
Or let time go so fast
If Id have only known

If Id have only known
How one thing leads to another
How in this crazy world of ours
Its brother against brother
And that you'd risk your very life
Just to save some other
If Id have only known

If Id have only known
Flag on your coffin draped around
With a twenty-four gun salute
Amidst its thundering sound
While my tears and rain drops fell
Theyd sink you in the ground
If Id have only known

If Id have only known
How everything would go
When you went away to war
Just two short years ago
I would have made sure to tell you
How much I loved you so
If Id have only known

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Alis volat propriis
(She flies with her own wings)
© Copyright 1999 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Martie
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1 posted 11-11-1999 04:52 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Beautiful hoot and so sad.
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2 posted 11-11-1999 04:52 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

We never know how long we have... and regrets are lousy lifetime companions. Well done, Hoot!
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3 posted 11-11-1999 04:59 PM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

This has goosebumps on my arms Hoot. We need to tell people we appreciate everyday. That way there are no regrets. Just so that you know. I love you friend and I appreciate you....(((HUG)))
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4 posted 11-11-1999 09:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is wonderful. I remember reading this before. Thanks for reposting this for Veterans Day!

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Denise

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So sad....beautiful though

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Thanks everyone
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I remember it, too....and it has lost no power. Thank you, hoot.
Elizabeth Santos
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Let's show our love to those we love in every small endeavor
A precious moment lost,is lost until forever
Your poem reminds our well of love to pour forth when we forget
Unspoken words could someday fill a fountain of regret
Thank you for reminding us of our veterans
Elizabeth
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Nursing the regrets of 'if I'd have only known' can be painful for many. You've brought it to the forefront of many minds with this beautiful piece. Thank you.

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10 posted 11-12-1999 01:04 AM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

So beautiful Ruth, an honour to any man anywhere who lost his life in a war. You spoke volumes my friend.

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Wow Ruth...ever amazing you are!
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Very weel done, Ruth. Touches the heart.

Michael
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Thank you everyone for your kind comments
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This subject, day, and the memories they bring are sometimes hard for me...but, all of you fine poets have done an excellent job in this endeavor...I wish all people all over the world could have this respect and thoughts for the bravery and the ultimate sacrifice our Vets have given. Sometimes, the "ultimate" sacrifice isn't just in death, but in the life afterwards if you survive!
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15 posted 11-17-1999 01:11 PM       View Profile for miriam   Email miriam   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miriam

I don't know if i'll be able to do this...my eyes are full of tears. My youngest brother is in the ARMY. My exboyfriend in the ARMY. My best friend leaving to the Marines in less than two months. My boyfriend want to leave to the NAVY. I live in fear Ruth...and although I tell them how proud I am of them, I want to hit them all over their heads. Thank you for reminding me that I need to spend whatever time I have left with these people making memories.
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Toerag...indeed you are right, sometimes those who have suffered most are those who have lived to tell the horrors of war, not the families of the dead, not the dead themselves, but the people who've looked death in the face and live with the memories from day to day. My respect and honor to all who have served.

Mariam, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours
Hugs
Ruth
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