If I had my life to live over ...

Heard this for the first time a year ago when my cousin, Henrik, read it aloud. Just found it again, and I love it. Written by an 85-year old Nadine Starr:

“If I had my life to live over, I’d try to make more mistakes next time. I would relax, I would limber up, I’d be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would be less hygienic. I would take more chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, and watch more sunsets. I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.

You see, I’m one of those people who lives sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day. Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had my life to live over, I’d have more of them. In fact, I’d have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead each day. I’ve been one of those people who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a rain coat and a parachute. If I had my life to live over, I’d go places and do things and travel lighter than I have.

If I had my life to live over I would start barefoot earlier in the spring & stay that way later in the fall. I would play hooky more. I wouldn’t make such good grades, except by accident. I’d ride more merry-go-rounds. I’d pick more daisies.”

-Nadine Starr

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Benjamin Rossen

Not the true author <p><b>The free verse poem, <i>I'd Pick More Daisies</i></b>, which is widely cited in a certain genre of inspirational books, and on internet pages ranging from serious literary sites to personal home pages of varying quality, has been attributed to many different authors.</p> <p>In 1998 my niece became curious and asked if I could help her use the internet to find out who had actually written this poem. The ensuing activity turned into a long term hobby. I did discover the true author, and at the same time traced a fascinating trail of plagiarism; many people have tweaked the poem here and there, and claimed it for themselves, or attributed it to the prior name on the chain of plagiarism.</p> <p>The poem was not written by the person attributed here.</p> <p>The poem has evolved, of course. It started out as an essay. If you would like to see more about this, then visit my website at:</p> <p><a href="http://www.benjaminrossen.com/frameset_daisies.htm" target="_blank">www.benjaminrossen.com</a></p> <p>Please feel free to send me an e-mail if you have discovered something about the Daisies poem that I may have missed on my site. You can write to: </p> <p><a href="mailto:writer@benjaminrossen.com">writer@benjaminrossen.com</a>.</p>
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