"If only one could ration passion,
place on tap a willing heart.
Share out love much more fairly,
render heartbreak much more rarely.
If only we could season reason,
and let mankind love all year long.
They'd be no need for war or conquest,
instead of taking we could bequest.
If only soul mates could be dovetailed
curved at corners, joined as one,
live together, be together, die together,
holding hands throughout all weather.
If only we'd done all, and yet there still was more to do.
If only we'd seen all, and still our eyes enjoyed the view.
If only we'd felt all, and yet we still had more to feel,
If only choice of life and death was ours alone to to give or yield.
Copyright William Forde: December 13th, 2016