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If I Had Three Lives by Sarah Russell

If I Had Three Lives

After “Melbourne” by the Whitlams

If I had three lives, I’d marry you in two.
The other? Perhaps that life over there
at Starbucks, sitting alone, writing – a memoir,
maybe a novel or this poem. No kids, probably,
a small apartment with a view of the river,
and books – lots of books, and time to read.
Friends to laugh with, and a man sometimes,
for a weekend, to remember what skin feels like
when it’s alive. I’d be thinner in that life, vegan,
practice yoga. I’d go to art films, farmers markets,
drink martinis in swingy skirts and big jewelry.
I’d vacation on the Maine coast and wear a flannel shirt
weekend guy left behind, loving the smell of sweat
and aftershave more than I did him. I’d walk the beach
at sunrise, find perfect shell spirals and study pockmarks
water makes in sand. And I’d wonder sometimes
if I’d ever find you.

by Sarah Russell, first published in Silver Birch Press

Editor’s Note: Sometimes songs inspire poems, and sometimes poems inspire songs. This poem demonstrates the intertwined life of songs and poems—perhaps they all come from the same place of silence?


10 responses to “If I Had Three Lives by Sarah Russell”

  1. Ryan Stone Avatar

    Wow! What a beautiful poem. A wonderful read.

    1. www.bethanyareid.com Avatar

      I love this poem and have used it as a prompt. Thank you for writing it!

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  4. sarahrussellpoetry Avatar

    Thanks, Ryan.

  5. cote8050 Avatar

    This is really a great piece of work… did this poet read my mind? wonderful, thank you for sharing your talent. Michelle

    1. sarahrussellpoetry Avatar

      Thank you. I think we all have dreams of lives not lived.

  6. awritersalchemy Avatar

    Reblogged this on A Writer's Alchemy and commented:
    I discovered Autumn Sky as a result of my recent flurry of send-outs — and now I’m getting a poem a day from them. This one strikes me as a great writing assignment. Pick up your pen!

    1. sarahrussellpoetry Avatar

      Thank you so much! I didn’t go back in to see the comments until now. I am honored.

  7. Deborah Finn Avatar
    Deborah Finn

    This poem is so incredible. I believe it completely captures the thoughts we all have occasionally; the need for some alone time and for what we perceive as a simpler, more fair or rewarding life. But part of us also knows how lucky we are to have the life we live, and to give it up would leave us feeling empty. I have this piem on my fridge and read it every day. Thank you for making me feel somewhat normal.

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