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I Would If I Could

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Larry C
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I Would If I Could
By Larry Chadwick



If I were able to dry your tears I would.
But the tears I cried healed me.
And I would ease your pain if I could,
But my pain taught me so much.

If I were able to mend your broken heart I would.
But my own aching heart has helped me sympathize.
And I would end your grief if I could,
But my grief has helped me grow.

If I were able to fill your void I would.
But my void helped me to remember.
And I would interrupt your lonely dreams if I could,
But my mind found confidence in its memories.

If I were able to ease your holiday blues I would.
But the family I had left did that for me.
And I would undo your untimely loss if I could,
But I have found itís not all bad to be forever young.

If I were able to stop your somber thoughts I would.
But I found laughter was a medicine of its own.
And I would remove your agony if I could,
But wisdom is a good trade for tears.

If I were able to erase your mourning I would.
But I found in my memories no need to forget.
And I would stop the questions if I could,
But others are learning from this too.

Instead we share our grief as we grow,
Not wanting our pain to have no purpose.
And as we commiserate we know,
Wisdom doesnít come only with age.

December 7, 2005

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

© Copyright 2005 Larry Chadwick - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 12-07-2005 08:51 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Larry - the compassion in this wonderful write humbled me. It's beauty brought me to tears. I am placing this gently into my library. Hugging you in my heart dear gentle man.  Chris

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
~Carl Sandburg

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2 posted 12-07-2005 08:52 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Larry~
This is so thoughtfully beautiful ... explaining ... caring ... lovingly~
*Huglets*
~*Marge*~

~*No matter what I search for ...
let me know when it is LOVE that I find*~ <))><

Email -       noles1@totcon.com       

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Larry, I know you didn't write this for me but today...tears from earlier today, have been replaced with tears of happiness for the compassion this write holds within..

I truly, truly needed to read something so very blessed by the heart of a wonderful, wonderful man..

It is, such an honor to know you sir.  Big HUGS to you.  

Your heart shines in this'n m'friend...

seek the flame within yourself
and let your soul be cleansed by
the fire of love.  Axel Ekenstierna

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4 posted 12-07-2005 09:23 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Larry C
You have a very mature boy there. LOL
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Larry...You are a wonderful man who has learned much through living.  Thank you for this meaningful and wise poem!  
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First of all, thank you're for comenting on my poems, it's nice to know I'm welcome. Secondly, this is my favorite poem I've discovered on this site so far. Incredibly well written, and very truthful.
thank you
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Tenderly spoken..
and therefore gently placed into my library.
Heart hugs.
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Larry C,
You never cease to amaze me!
With the start of the cute little boy I felt
like I wanted to hug you and in the end of your words....I felt you hugged me!
Such wisdom, such truth, such beauty!
A thankful read! And you know....
I would if I could!
pictureme2
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9 posted 12-08-2005 02:45 AM       View Profile for Honeybunch   Email Honeybunch   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Honeybunch's Home Page   View IP for Honeybunch

A most insightful write but this -
"Instead we share our grief as we grow,
Not wanting our pain to have no purpose.
And as we commiserate we know,
Wisdom doesnít come only with age."
is an excellent summing up.  
A most enjoyable read!

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Larry, what a heart you have!  Saving this one; it's just about the most tender, sweet thing ever.   ....jo
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Larry, You wrote it good!

We all need to feel our hurts and stings
to enable us to grow.
Making  life  too easy is not the best
or wisest way to go.
I'll hold your hand and give a hug
to help  you stand steadfast.
But the rest is really up to you
if growth is going to last.

best wishes, martyjo

[This message has been edited by latearrival (12-08-2005 06:30 AM).]

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Amazingly powerful and filled with the wisdom years of a full life bring...This poem is a classic and needs to be shared so a copy of this poem will be given to all my friends...Thank you for saying what many of us feel in such a perfect way that we may share these powerful lessons of life...I love it...**big hugs**
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How utterly profound!  

I hadn't thought about it that way, but you are right...we grow and learn from it and hopefully pass that insight on and are better comforters for it all.

  

"too bad ignorance isn't painful"
~Unknown~

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right off the bat this reminded me of a Cash tune, Larry:

If I were able to dry your tears I would.
But the tears I cried healed me.


and no, from experience, entirely.

Beautiful.

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Thank you Larry.  I needed this.  Beautifully inspirational.

- Owl
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I don't know who you had in mind when you wrote this but sweetheart, you do all this for me.



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If I were able to dry your tears I would.
But the tears I cried healed me.
And I would ease your pain if I could,
But my pain taught me so much.

If I were able to mend your broken heart I would.
But my own aching heart has helped me sympathize.
And I would end your grief if I could,
But my grief has helped me grow.

If I were able to fill your void I would.
But my void helped me to remember.
And I would interrupt your lonely dreams if I could,
But my mind found confidence in its memories.

If I were able to ease your holiday blues I would.
But the family I had left did that for me.
And I would undo your untimely loss if I could,
But I have found itís not all bad to be forever young.

If I were able to stop your somber thoughts I would.
But I found laughter was a medicine of its own.
And I would remove your agony if I could,
But wisdom is a good trade for tears.

If I were able to erase your mourning I would.
But I found in my memories no need to forget.
And I would stop the questions if I could,
But others are learning from this too.

Instead we share our grief as we grow,
Not wanting our pain to have no purpose.
And as we commiserate we know,
Wisdom doesnít come only with age.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I cut and copied the poem intending to go back and highlight certain lines but found I couldnt seperate them from each other...
and you will already just know how much this tender write touches me....
so many "traces" written with humility.

Normally when a statement is followed up with a "but" ... something is taken away...
in this rhyme divine...you turned the negatives into something positively enlightening...

And I would remove your agony if I could,
But wisdom is a good trade for tears.


Dearest Larry... you wear wisdom so very well.


And I would stop the questions if I could,
But others are learning from this too.


and we've learned so much from your examples and sharing.


One of my fave poetic phrases is...

"if words but could they would"

yours just did.    

Thru the water...thru the rain
To the soul of everything
Throw my heart out on the stones
And I'm almost gone

D.Gray
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Chris,
Thank you for being such a kind friend. And you're welcome.


Marge,
And a quiver full of huglets to you too. Thank you.


Donna,
Well, one often doesn't know until after it is done. Now I know. And I thank you.


Sy,
Ya' silly guy. Thank you.

Martie,
You are a generous Lady. Thank you.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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DejaEntendu,
Wow, thanks. And trust me your poetry is a pleasure to read. I'm glad you are here.

Nancy Lee,
I'll take all the heart hugs I can get. And thank you.


pictureme2,
Very clever and exceptionally kind. Thank you.


Honeybunch,
Thank you. I do appreciate your kindness.

Jo,
Thank you for being such a sweet friend. Much obliged.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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MartiJo,
We all need to feel our hurts and stings
to enable us to grow.
Making  life  too easy is not the best
or wisest way to go.
I'll hold your hand and give a hug
to help  you stand steadfast.
But the rest is really up to you
if growth is going to last.

You speak kind words indeed and especially wise.


Karen!
Thanks. I'm truly humbled.


Susan,
At least that has been my experience. And thank you.

littlewing,
Sweet thing, you are adorable. Thanks.


Owl,
It was my pleasure. And thank YOU.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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21 posted 12-08-2005 07:23 PM       View Profile for Larry C   Email Larry C   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Larry C's Home Page   View IP for Larry C

Karen,
How you bless my life. What an unlikely duo we are. My friends don't know what to think of it. You're the best...


Janet Marie,
Always you humble me. And more often you leave me speechless. You affirm the things I have learned through such hard times that you are one of the biggest reasons to smile. But mostly you are a wonderful friend. Thank you.

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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"I Would if I Could"   You did!

so unselfishlessly offered, Larry, as you characteristicly offer us wisdom, thought, and smile;

  I think I'll keep this around for a rainy day.  

  thanks,
  miscellanea
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23 posted 01-14-2006 07:35 AM       View Profile for Marsha   Email Marsha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marsha's Home Page   View IP for Marsha

Larry my friend this is an absolutely stunning poem and I truly felt it

Love and warm stuff
as always
Mushy

Tomorrow is another day I don't know what it holds
but I can face the future with courage brave and bold

Footprints In My Heart
Kethry

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misce,
Thank you sweet lady. It was a pleasant surprise to see this surface again.


Sweet mushy Marsha,
How delightful to hear from you! And thanks for your kind words and the

If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.

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