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

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?

[Apologies for the double posting-the previous version had the incorrect Editor’s Note.]

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6 thoughts on “If I Had Three Lives by Sarah Russell

  1. Pingback: Autumn Sky – Sarah Russell Poetry
  2. Pingback: If I Had Three Lives – Sarah Russell Poetry
  3. 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!

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