HAD I BUT

Had I but listened
Had I but heeded
Had I but followed
Had I but caved.

Warnings to me shouted
Advice to me offered
Suggestions to me made
Wisdom to me raved.

Teeth might be unglistened
Help might be unneeded
Hope might be unhollowed
Troubles might be saved.

Forces would be unrouted
Weapons would be unproffered
Penalties would be unpaid
The road would be paved.

But who listens?
Who heeds?
Who follows?
Who caves?

Learning grows
Experience tells
The journey shows
Our pathway from Hell.
© 2003 by Michael J. Farrand


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