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Doing it over

October 7, 2018

Don Aslett

Might I venture into that useless task

Of reviewing and altering what is past?

That “if I knew what I know now”

You bet I’d change the past somehow!

How strong is history with second chances

For financial blunders and defunct romances?

Be it a minor neglect or a selfish sin

I’d really like to do it over again

Often have I made that list

Of “do it over” for what I missed

Oh yes, if awarded a fourth strike

I’d curb my ignorance, live more Christlike

Restore time lapse that disappeared

Take more risk with what I feared

I’d keep a better journal and medical health

Address virtue more than wealth

More time with children I’d arrange

Some diet discipline I would change

I’d plant my trees further apart

All improprieties I’d never start

The ball games I lost and plenty more

I’d change my temper, not the score

I’d stop the waste of yesterday

Give less allegiance to trivial pay

I’d shed behaviors that carved out shame

And wrongs outgrown I never overcame

Why, if dealt a second change

I’d not give sin a second dance

But over is over, done is done

I’ve concluded life is no practice run

Perhaps with Diety’s loving grace

I’ll be granted options to erase

Sigh! A lesson learned from what’s gone by

The past is past, do we let it lie?

Some past is lost, but it’s not gone

If one has faith to carry on

Changing things I can today

Covers lots of regrets of yesterday

Don Aslett of McCammon is the founder of The Museum of Clean, 711 S. 2nd Ave., Pocatello, and still enjoys giving tours to all visitors. Check out the museum’s website at www.museumofclean.com.

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