Given Half a Chance

David Estey

David Estey

Given the conditions
the height of the tide
the fullness of the moon
the timeliness of the sunrise
the atmospheric pressure
the knots of the wind
the flow of currents

In consideration of
the rhythm of my heart
the synapses in my brain
the levels of my cholesterol
the PSA of my prostate
the lividity in my liver
the tingle in my toes

I could live life over
given half the chance
though I doubt the story
would end very differently
from how this story ends
being the song I came
to sing has been sung

“Would I live my life over again?
Make the same unforgivable mistakes?
Yes, given half a chance. Yes.” ~ Raymond Carver


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Given Half a Chance

  1. but a few lovely notes left…


  2. ah, you and carver speak to my own heart

    Liked by 1 person

  3. thefeatheredsleep says:

    You write exquisitely


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