Doing it over
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.