WHAT IF

If day’s had been much brighter

and the west wind far less biting,

with paths sufficiently straighter

and avoiding fruitless fighting.

 

If clearer thoughts pervaded

with our goals so set in stone,

if the tyrants and dictators

would just leave us all alone.

 

If the drugs that you are feeding us,

weren’t always quite so strong,

and the roads you’re always building

didn’t have to be so long.

 

If plans and all the plotting

were for good instead of bad

and the faces that we see

were not so worried or so sad.

 

If all the wealth and power

was purged from those on high,

or the promises they made

were all for real and not just lies.

 

If people walked down busy streets

with heads held high and proud,

for torment and oppression

were no longer quite so loud.

 

If mankind could live in peace;

health and welfare for all,

fragile elders were helped back up,

not derided if they fall

 

If discipline, love and respect

were restored within the masses

and society made more equal

with no need to split the classes.

 

If once again, deep despair

was a thing of days long past

and the family was the beating heart

that above all else, would last.

 

If you could only tell me we’re free at last;

that the voice of reason heard,

that we had our own identities

and were no longer just part of the herd.

 

 

We live our lives on ifs and buts

and fear the days to come,

we judge our futures by the past

instead of moving on.

 

If only we could just let it all go;

just live our lives so free,

leave behind all the fear and hate

and then look ahead to see…

 

…a brighter world of joy and hope

would soon be bursting free,

with love and light abounding

that’s for one and all to see.

 

Clear blue skies and a warming sun,

filling hearts with desire,

a peaceful world of will and wonder

would be rising from the fires.

 

 

*

Written by Darren Scanlon, 10th February 2014.

revised 14th August 2015.

© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

 

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Darren Scanlon
AUTHOR & POET

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website, http://darrenscanlon.wordpress.com

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