If I were a German soldier,

Would I have herded people to a sudden death.

Let cyanide fumes be their gasping, final breath?

Would I have stopped Jews from being cruelly killed,

or look away ordering a martini slightly chilled?

Would I have died rather than snuff an innocent,

Suffering a death under the Third Reich torment?

Would I have taken the bullet meant for JFK?

11-22 would not have been his, but my final day.

If it were possible to stop the Dallas coup d’état,

Would this have changed the ending to the war in Vietnam?

Could I have spoken for a baby in her mother’s womb,

or have taken a drag in my upstairs living room?

Will I be accountable at the end, we’ll someday see.

Shrugging my shoulders, at least it isn’t me.

Would I run away or stand and fight?

Would it make a difference if it meant a precious life?

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cheronld commented on lf


How many of us have pondered this very question....alot of fun to read and it gave me a few "ifs" of my own....nice poem

MarionYost commented on lf


NICE... This one's a thought provoker great job, this is one of my faves from you. I give it an EASY 10. All the best -Marion-



Thanks Marion, it's good to have you around again. Keep smiling :) :) :)

knight4696 commented on lf


Very interesting thoughts you have penned here ... "If" is a small word that could make a world of difference. "If" only ..... Very nice write Pal! Great job! Ken

ginga commented on lf


Oblaidon, A poem that simply matters. The questioning of humanity is noble. If only things could (and could have been) different. ginga



Thank you Ginga :)

SavVySam commented on lf


In a different ways each day, each of us can ask these same questions..."if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything" Very thought provoking and powerful write!



Thank you very much.

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

Oblaidon’s Poems (26)

Title Comments
Title Comments
What to be 2
Pressing On 8
Born to You and Me 9
Scorched 9
Daddy’s Girl 12
In a Flash 12
Skinny Dipping 20
lf 9
Woman to Man 21
Sign of the Cross 12
Love Embraced 21
Our Biggest Threat 14
In God I Trust 10
Driving Past Graves 17
When I was a Kid. 18
Pets by our Side 8
Rocky Shores 10
A minuscule bug 14
Heart of a Poet 29
My Armor is Faith 12
For Our Troops 8
Baby Has a Name. 17
My MI 3
My Love 8
The Grace of God 13
Rhyming Poems 20