If I Could have A Year.

If I could have a year, I'd spend it running,
In any direction South of here.
If I could have a year, I'd spend it living,
In any place apart from here.

If I could have a year, I'd travel far, to the City line,
And find a place that I'd call mine.
I'd make it on my own domain,
To see if I still could again.

If I could have a year, I'd spend it loving,
Someone else apart from him.
I'd sleep with a woman, just to know how it would feel,
And fall in love with my own skin.

If I could have a year, I'd run from this job,
This never ending non-career.
To sit in parks and fields, and write for all my life,
Even if only for the birds to hear.

I'd do anything else,
If I had a year I'd do it all.
No responsibilities, no broken bones or hearts,
Just life, mine for one year.

Then once the wind grew cold,
And the leaves had gone their way.
I'd end my year back in the home I'd known,
Forever then to stay.

For I'd only need one year,
To know that life exits.
To learn what I was missing,
And take some different twists.

Then once my year was done,
I'd return to my life here today.
Into his arms, Oh how I would run,
To live it out, and never again to stray.

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Y. Kajitaka 5 years ago from Cartersville, GA

Very interesting. It presents that view you seldom see, of "However much I wish for adventure, a little while is enough to see it's not all they crack it up to be." Good piece.

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mylife=adventure 5 years ago from Wisconsin

I can completely relate to this poem. Truly thank you for sharing great poem that inspires me to write more as well.

Stay Happy and True - Mylife

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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

This is a beautiful piece that I think expresses the longing for... "more...else", we all sometimes feel.

Nenad 5 years ago

"If I could have a year, I'd spend it loving"

I simply love this line. Love is the most effective power in the world.

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Literature Fairy 5 years ago from England, UK. Author

Thanks for all the kind comments! x

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Huey19 5 years ago from Chicago

You really were on the same wavelength as me up until the end. It was interesting to see the desire to go back to the normal and see how content and dedidcated the narrator could be to the complete opposite desire from the beginning of the poem.

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Literature Fairy 5 years ago from England, UK. Author

Thanks for the comment huey19, what I was trying to get across was the feeling that i think everyone feels sometimes (I do anyway!) That they're missing out on something in their comfortable normal life, the grass is greener syndrome. I think that if you were to run away, it wouldn't be too long before you would begin to appriciate the stablilty and comfort of your normal life. Perhaps I didn't convey it particularly well. X

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Bella Nina 5 years ago from USA

Love your poem. I think we all feel this way, and I'm glad you wrote this poem to express it.

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epigramman 5 years ago

..well anyone who can quote Dolly Parton is a hero of mine - love the title of this piece - and the poetic nomad in you - the adventurer, the romantic, the seer, the visionary and the wandering restless free spirit that you are!

Marina Lester 5 years ago

My dear you need that year, we all know the feeling and that is because there are things out there calling your name, things you must do and know because sometimes things can feel lost and we yearn for the quest to find them. Life dares you to abandon the secure and safe into it's arms of adventure of what it means to live within yourself. This was lovely Literature Fairy, fall in love with your skin and write if only the birds hear... lovely.

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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Your poem is quite original and therefore interesting. We all dream about such things. I dreamt of visiting Australia when I was twenty, but I was too scared to go. When I was twenty four I did go to Australia on a one year working holiday with no intentions of staying. I'm still here thirty four years later. I'm returning home in a months time for my dad's ninetieth birthday and still have many family members and friends to catch up with. Dreams can come true, if we make them. Cheers

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