If I could be 17 again
I would sit quietly in my classroom
and not ask too many questions
I would study at least 5 hours a night
I would develop a routine and good
eating and exercising habits
I would invest so much time in the actual
molding and shaping of my future
I would look for all the finer things in life!
I would learn different languages
Spend a little time in fancy places and
watch how the real movers and shakers
got it done!
I would participate in all the school activities
and plan for boat loads of successes
I would shop at the finest botiques and
look for the most exquisite shoes and
I'd talk much less
and listen and pay attention twice as much
I'd learn to sacrifice and save and
not to be in a rush
Can I go back?
Can I have back all of my good stuff
that I gave away?
Can I bend the arms of father time
or is this the 9th inning
I would play for keeps and pick
only the best
Kindly walking around anything that
didn't pass my microscope test!
What would you do differently?
17 Again who would you keep
who would you expel
17 Again where would you stand
Or is youth that place where
we find ourselves faced with the realness
of the World
meets the inexperience of the ignorant
novice and develops
the man and woman
If I could I would.