Should Of, Could Of

in a wan wistful voice
swaddled in tarnished regret
the roads not taken
calls out to her
across the years and miles
of seasons past
from a long-ago time
when she was free
young and innocent
not yet compromised
by original sin
man’s heavy hand
or her own conscience
beginning a life of promise
unencumbered
by the weight of wrong choices
and could have beens
and should have beens

she recalls the things
absently gathered
along life’s path
stashed in a Mason jar
shoved under the bed
she takes them out
and one by one
weighs and ponders
the old woman smiles
drops them back inside
the crystal-clear glass
and as she dies
shakes the jar
pours the should ofs
and could ofs
onto the brand new road
and with a saucy grin
takes her first step

©️2020 KT Workman

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Comments

16 comments on “Should Of, Could Of”
  1. Bravo Kathy.
    An excellent piece of writing.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you muchly, Alan. 😊

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Halbarbera says:

    An outstanding poem……
    Read it backward
    And it has power too!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you, Hal. Forward, backward, it all turns out the same.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Halbarbera says:

        Just like life in the long or short run!

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  3. ellie894 says:

    You’re quite a wonderful writer 🌷

    Liked by 2 people

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you so much! 😊💙

      Liked by 2 people

  4. jccast says:

    Well written and thought provoking, as usual, Kathy.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Andrew Dabar says:

    Oh, I love this! Chills.

    The ending is unexpected and triumphant!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. KT Workman says:

      Thank you, Andrew. I like causing chills. 😊

      Liked by 2 people

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