Prompt #61 “Toska” – What If?

4d66b-william_blake-pity1329452373399William Blake

Another day dawns

I look towards where your head should be

Your body resplendent beside me.

I wonder what if?

You stayed

You listened

I heard

I listened.

So many moments lost



I miss you despite the hurt

The rawness of the pain

I have myself to blame.

And I wonder what if?

Could there have been another chance

To right a wrong

Stop you leaving

Rushing off

No goodbye.


Its academic now

What if?

You’re a memory

A lasting one

Indelibly tattooed

Into the fabric of my life.

My hand now rests


Where once you lay your head.


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19 Responses to Prompt #61 “Toska” – What If?

  1. Wow Michael that really tears at the heart

  2. Bastet says:

    Sigh … the many what ifs … moving poem Michael, I like how you used short lines like little darts that went straight to the heart!

  3. Very moving, Michael, esp loved the last 5 lines!!

  4. Lovely and sad, perfect for the prompt! 🙂 🙂

  5. JackieP says:

    Ah the ‘what ifs’ of life. The thing with them is one will never know. That’s what makes the ‘what ifs’ so sad.

  6. mandy says:

    The what if’s always make us blame ourselves. This really grabbed at the what if’s in me…

  7. Read as Written, a faster pace, feeling the anxiety mount. Very good Michael. We all have our what ifs too bare, don’t we

  8. What a great use of the prompt. I was a bit abstract but then that’s when it’s fun to write
    Liked this very much.


    or you can post on my blog.

  9. RoSy says:

    No matter how much we try to move on – there are always some what ifs that we can’t seem to shake off.

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