Collected Poems of John Holmes
Holmes, John A., Jr.
You asked, "If you had all your life to live again,
would you have it changed?" And I answer,
Not in one single act or thought, but that I
might live longer.
Life has not shown me unmixed joy, nor unmixed pain;
there are no fond regrets for anything.
All that I had - and I had far more than I could deserve,
being unworthy of the great gifts that I had
of life -
All that I gave - and I gave of myself, perhaps
too largely to the friends and lovers of my youth -
All that I did - and I filled each day to the ut-
most, thinking and dreaming and living, tasting
the highest and lowest fruits of life and love -
These I would not have changed, were I to do it
again. But I wish that my years could be more,
that the time came not so soon to leave, and the
fare-wells be not so near at hand. This is the one
regret i have of life.
Change it? No. If the dream could be dreams ed again,
the same day would be at the end.
We step along a path that leads us - who knows where,
except that it leads us on - and up.
All around are great things to do and see; and we
know not where the journey began, or where it
ends, and all too short is the little way we go.