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.