Dangerous

The most dangerous phrase

One can say is

“What if I had changed my mind?”

Outside those quotations

And somewhere between past lines

Are wishes I whispered,

Fears I kept inside,

And truths I masqueraded as lies.

Mixed in the letters

I never gained the courage to send

And plans I set aside

(Telling myself someday

I’d pick them back up —

To unfold what they hide)

Are the daily choices

Which became my guide.

Throughout my memories

Float around the same lingering fear

That someday it might be too late

To hold this idea–

An idea that was always fleeting — but returning.

Now has that imagined moment left me here?

The most dangerous phrase

One can say is

“What if I had changed my mind?”

—Written by Sandy Heights

Image by Antonios Ntoumas from Pixabay

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