What They Should Have



They would have been –

Doctors, barbers

Airline pilots and plumbers.

Filmakers, chefs, fireman and dancers.

They should have become-




BFF’s and frenemies.

They should have –

Seen the end of this millenium.

Felt the elation of a first kiss.

Tasted the salty tears of success.

Heard the music of a father/daughter dance.

Inhaled the sweetness of a carnation pinned to a wrist.

They should have.

But what they have done

Is touched our hearts






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28 Responses to What They Should Have

  1. Very touching, Janie, and very true. So very sad…

  2. Beautiful and sad. Thank you, Janie.

  3. Jo Heroux says:

    Lovely and hauntingly true. ♥

  4. Beautiful, Janie. Thanks for this.

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  7. Expresses so much so beautifully. Thank you for sharing it with us…

  8. Ilene Froehlich says:

    Dear Janie, Beautiful words. Thought about all the grandkids: yours, Arlie’s, Danny’s- the world’s!
    Thanks. xxxooo Ilene

  9. Very lovely, Janie. This was very sweet of you to write this for them.

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  14. Sam Beck says:

    Beautifully put. Thanks for finding the right words to summarize what is in all our broken hearts.

  15. Beautiful, Janie…simply beautiful.

  16. Beautiful, Janie…just beautiful!

  17. Jackie says:

    I thought I was all cried out… until I read this. Wow!

  18. Jackie says:

    I thought I was all cried out… until I read this. Wow!

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  20. Leslie says:

    Gorgeous. So poignant and painful. Sharing…

  21. Kathleen says:

    A terrible tragedy that will forever be a painful memory. Thank you for this post Janie, it rings true.

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