Second Chance

Given the chance to do it over again
The first question I’d ask would be, “Where to begin?”

Of all the years that I’ve lived in the past
Which one would I pick to recast?

Sent back as a child that knew what I know
Which part of my childhood would I go?

Were I sent back to again be a teen
I could write anew on a slate that was clean

Had I my twenties to do one more time
No doubt I believe that the world would be mine

If I began at my lowest of lows
Are there things I would change? I’m not sure. Who knows?

All that has happened from way back then
has brought me the journey to where I am

If not here, then where would I be?
There isn’t much comfort in what I can’t see

Alas, I’ll collect whatever years that remain
And assemble a tomorrow whether sunshine or rain.

Commentary 

Notice the first three verses include questions. The forth progresses with a statement. The fifth is strongly declarative; confident in a certain outcome. The sixth runs back into three sentences of uncertainty.

Originally I wrote the ending as..

  • Alas, I’ll collect what years that remain
  • And assemble a tomorrow with a little less pain

    But that was too pessimistic of an ending. So I rewrote it as the following.

    • Alas, I’ll collect what years that remain
    • Enjoying the sunshine, embracing the rain

    But that was still not satisfying to me. I really liked the thought of continuing the idea of collecting and assembling when finally it came together. 

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