Life is a Book



If your life was a story in a book you could borrow,

Would you skip through today in the search for tomorrow,

Would you open the page where your childhood came first,

Or go straight to the back and read from reverse.


If life was begun with the wisdom of age,

Would mistakes still be written upon every page,

Would a lifetime of knowledge erase all the wrong,

Would hindsight determine the weak from the strong.


If love was revisited again and again,

Would you search for a shelter or drown in the rain.

Would the passions ignited be nourished and fed,

Would you follow your heart instead of your head.


If the innocence of childhood was a gift to the old,

Would you walk in the park and swing from an oak.

Would you banish the shackles of where you had been,

And never be hindered by what you had seen.


If your life was a story in a book you could borrow,

There would be no today, no yesterday or tomorrow.

About helenmidgley

Helen Midgley likes to think of herself as a cross between Dawn French and Kate Moss. She has been in the witness protection programme for a number of years and once lived in Brighton as a bearded mechanic called Dave! Her current incarnation is as a part-time Journalism & Media tutor at a small FE College in Yorkshire. She has survived cancer, dandruff and athlete’s foot and has a penchant for black humour and red wine.

9 comments on “Life is a Book

  1. It would be easier to learn the lessons

  2. I like the rhythm this poem has a lot.

  3. I like this very, very much. A wonderful rhythm and clever.

  4. Really rich thought and great meter. Nice job.

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