I have spent a lifetime yearning,
to fulfill my forgotten dreams.
But squandered time better spent learning,
may not be the waste that it seems.
I cannot look back and say,
I should have done better somehow.
Made better use of my day,
the day that has now become now.
Should have, could have, would have,
longing for what might have been.
But experience now is the salve,
the balm for the things I still yen.
We often look back and we wonder,
could we have done much more with our time?
We fall and we fail and we blunder
But the flaws are what make us sublime.
Should I look back and wish I’d done more,
with the time of my god-given life?
In my heart I’m enriched and not poor,
with a gift oft-confused as strife.
As I enter my second act,
I know what is right and is wrong.
So, with this I now make my pact,
Life is short. Never long.