If Only

Dear grandmother,

 

If only I could’ve met you

Would my life have been different?

If only you had raised me

Would I have experienced a mother’s love?

Grandmother if only

 

If only I could’ve heard your joyous laughter

Would it have brought joy to my heart?

If only you could’ve taught me about womanhood

Would it have made me a stronger woman?

Grandmother if only

 

If only you were there when I cried

Would it have prepared me for future tears?

If only I could’ve seen your beautiful smile

Would it have been just like mine?

Grandmother if only

 

If only you didn’t leave this earth so soon

Would you have been proud of me?

If only you were there when I entered the world

Would you have seen what I could grow up to be?

Grandmother if only

 

If only I could’ve heard your words of wisdom

Would it have made me an even wiser woman?

If only I could’ve felt your gentle kiss or hug

Would it have made me love you endlessly?

Grandmother if only

 

If only you had taught me the meaning of life

Would my life experiences have been different?

If only I could talk to you

What would I say?

Grandmother if only

 

Love,

 

Your granddaughter

 

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