Saturday, January 26, 2013

Poem: If I Could

Rita Bourland © 2010

If I Could

If I could write a song,
I would find notes and chords
to ease the sorrow in your heart. 

If I could paint a picture,
I would mix colors to match the sunrise
then give you a canvas
brushed with the dawn.

If I could sail,
I would steer my boat across the sea
and return with soothing tides
captured in a bottle.

If I could find a sage
to explain the mysteries of life and death,
I would pay a king’s ransom
for his erudite words,
then bring them to you in a box
with a gilded lid.

If I could find the right words,
I would speak to your pain,
wrapping your sadness in lyrical prose;
pouring comforting words
‘round your wounded heart.  

If I could bring your loved one back,
And allow him to live once more,
I would do that and more.

When there’s a loss so deep and raw
that nothing touches or heals,
then I would be your friend and stay with you,
sharing in your silence
until you wished to speak again. 


  1. When someone close to me loses a loved one, I always struggle with the right words. This is the best expression of sympathy, and in the form of poetry, I've ever read.

  2. Yes, this is just perfect! Libby

  3. Rita, I remember this poem from OS. But reading it again, something new has hit me. And that is the compassion with which you wrote it. I would be hard-pressed to point to another person I know who can feel another's sorrow as viscerally as you do. Not only do you feel it, but you wish to alleviate it. The power of love in this poem just shines, and we are better for it.

  4. I know that sorrow is an important part of life, but the idea of alleviating it is compelling. What a different world we would live in if that were true. Something to contemplate.