The Torture Song of Endless Ifs

To stagger back upon a yen
and croon that torture song again

conditioned ifs with histories
fictitious possibilities

what could have stood
if simply now...

who would remain
if only how...

the brain's refrain of choral thoughts
beatifying whys and oughts

crescendos venting discontent
of chances cast or past lament.

The Torture Song of Endless Ifs © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: April 22, 2020