If Only

If Only short poem

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If Only I had listened to her,
She would now be here with me.
Not another nameless figure
In another emotionless list
Of those gone from this world of the living.
I was too preoccupied in my own world
While she waged a lone battle with her inner demons.
Oscillating between hope and despair, between expectation and disappointment.
She held on to her sanity but I wasn’t there.
All she needed was a shoulder to lean on, a kind word to hold on to
Now all I have is emptiness, a gnawing wound to remind me
If Only I had listened to her.
Life is a teacher and I have learnt the lesson
Spare a thought for your loved ones before it is too late
Empathy can turn things around , words can change a situation.
All that is needed is a little time.

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I am a teacher and love to write in my spare time. I worked for a while as a journalist but now find teaching children to be my true calling.
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