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If I Could Go Back in Time
Jennifer Gurney


If I could go
back in time
I would linger longer,

perched on that
step-stool chair
at the kitchen counter,
drinking Constant Comment tea
with my mom
after school
on a cold winterís day
in Michigan.

If I could go back in time
I would linger longer.

© by Jennifer Gurney.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado, where she teaches, paints, writes, and hikes. She has published more than 100 poems, as well as commentary about poetry, in a variety of journals.

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"linger longer"something I wish I could do in many situations. Thank you for capturing this moment and sharing it with us, Jennifer.
Posted 01/06/2024 01:36 AM
Alarie Tennille:
So universal and touching. Thank you, Jennifer.
Posted 01/05/2024 08:41 PM
Lori Levy:
Posted 01/05/2024 01:09 PM
Wilda Morris:
Well-written reminder of the importance of those loving relationships we took for granted
Posted 01/05/2024 11:56 AM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love the linger longer line in the poem. It says so much in just two words. As I get older, enjoying the moment becomes more important than getting things done.
Posted 01/05/2024 11:18 AM
Tom Sharpe:
Tis a good poem. It makes one think, feel. I always hope my poems and stories create emotion.
Posted 01/05/2024 10:48 AM
I teach classes on Joy and spend a good bit of time discussing savoring. The word "lingering" adds a nice flavor to savoring. Would you give me permission to use your poem in my classes? I live in Colorado, too. Janet Kester
Posted 01/05/2024 10:30 AM
Darrell Arnold:
Thanks for this. Savoring the moment is a favorite pastime of mine, but they often don't last as long as they should. I'm grateful that I developed a habit of keeping pocket notebooks and journals. When I read back through them, I can again savor moments, some I had forgotten ever happened. A lifetime of moments.
Posted 01/05/2024 10:18 AM
I lingered longer over this poem.
Posted 01/05/2024 09:49 AM
Jennifer, this is a wonderful poem. What a great way to start my day! Thank you!
Posted 01/05/2024 09:01 AM
Joan Luther:
Found out recently that my mom has cancer. Your poem reminds me to spend as much with loved ones as much as possible.
Posted 01/05/2024 08:07 AM
Jane H Fitzgerald:
A wish we all have expressed well.
Posted 01/05/2024 07:54 AM
Your poem made my eyes well up with tears as I remember my own mom, and wish that I too could lingered longer. Thank you for capturing a raw emotion so gently.
Posted 01/05/2024 07:51 AM

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