If I Had Known
By Stephen B. Bagley
If I had known the casual mention
of your name would hurt no more
and I could smile at the good memories...
If I had foreseen enough time
would erase the pain and sorrow
of words meant to lay waste to me...
If I had realized I would be better
without your selfish, demanding love
and your need for all things right now...
If I had known all these things
I wouldn’t have buried you
and your lover under the new garage
(From the forthcoming book Undying by Stephen B. Bagley and Gail Henderson. All rights reserved.)