If Only I Had Known

by Lioness   May 8, 2012

Your laughter still lingers
in the air like a springtime
breeze across an overflowing
field of white gardenia's.

With an aroma so powerful
it was hard not to enjoy
the ambiance of your
sweetest heart.

I can still hear your voice
and it's as though you
never left,

but you did.

My heart still cries,
and I can see the
loneliness in their
eyes whenever your
name is mentioned,
or when they whisper
"Dad" from underneath
their saddened breath.

If only I had known
that your last gasp
was imminent, I
would have used
mine to tell you

Instead, I watched
you slip away with
my unyielding lips
and a closed heart,
which will never
be open again.


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  • 5 years ago

    by Britt

    Comment from judging:

    Liz this poem has me in tears. The heartbreak and pain is so raw and alive here that it's hard to not be automatically pulled into the emotional aspect of this piece. There are so many times we lose people and wish we could say things we left unsaid, only to agonize about them later. Trust that this person knows your feelings, knows you care, and give yourself the allowance to say goodbye in your own way now. This one definitely tugged at my heart.

  • 5 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    What a powerful piece this is...the author captures our hearts with this tear jerking piece- I do love the simplistic and elegant style of this author. She takes the raw and deeply emotional subject of her father's passing and paints of a touching portrait of her heartfelt memories... The beautiful imagery starts this piece off with such beauty - I love her ways of expressing and talking about her father. The title is one that grabs me the most and sums up this piece to a tee... If only I had known.... It's a question that I have had within my thoughts many a time...the ending is one that left me speechless.... Touching write- Well Done Lioness

  • 6 years ago

    by Meme

    Liz, you never fail to deliever the emotions of your piece to the reader.

    Fantastic !!

  • 6 years ago

    by TJ Arizona Eagle

    A poem of perfection. Words wisely chosen, laced in emotion. Excellent

  • 6 years ago

    by Hannah Lizette

    Very emotional. :(
    so heartbreaking, it's so hard to lose a loved one.
    great poem.