The Life I Could Live

The Life I Could Live

A Poem by Richard McLin

Someone looks over things he could have done.


The life I've lead so far, is not as strange as the one I almost lived
I could have lived the life of the man in my head
The man is a lover, a singer, a dancer, a pimp, a prostitute, a movie star, a lawyer, a cop, a thief, and a magician.

The life I've experienced so far is not as strange as the one I almost experienced
I could have experienced the life the man inside of my head experienced
The man witnessed pleasure, applause, rhythm, wealth, sex, fame, prestige, justice, stealth, and surprise.

I'm none of these things, I'm all of these things. I experience the life lived by the man in my head, for I keep him prisoner, in a large cell, of my imagination.

Richard McLin 2006

© 2018 Richard McLin

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The person in your head, the person you could, should, would have been if you followed the other path, no matter what it was. And you're right. That person lives inside of you. And when you let them out, you get to explore all of those possibilities, if only for a little while. I think if you played with the layout a little, it could really add to it.

Posted 5 Years Ago

nice one read mine too "QUEST OF LIFE"

Posted 6 Years Ago

this is eccentric it s fascinating... I love how you write in this poem...

Posted 6 Years Ago

don't we all want to escape and take risks and be whoever we want to be...but most of us live in reality, but at least we get to escape through our writing.

Posted 7 Years Ago

You're a Scorpio, it shows through in the captivating write, the power of the imagination, that we can be anything, so anything, and still be our outer shell of normality, this was wonderful, and something to really think about.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Richard, your style is so unique and always a pleasure. I liked this one..short...and still that unexpected twist that you are so good at ... at the end. Well done my friend! (sorry it's taken me so long to get to my requests...I'm slowly making a dent though) :0)

Posted 7 Years Ago

I'd like to think in some alternate reality you were or are all these things! I think we become writers so we don't have to choose among all those other things. Writing is a great way to experience everything. Very interesting! Great composition.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Very well put with Out Imagination dont think we would have the Many beautiful Poets writers singers dancers painters of beauty and Expression and some Imagination should be Kept Captive if i said that correct But i love this amazing Piece.

Posted 7 Years Ago

Your work is magnificent and you are
a writer with true talent: and still young!

All well said,

Posted 7 Years Ago

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14 Reviews
Added on March 12, 2010
Last Updated on February 2, 2018
Tags: Life, imagination, man, head, poetry, missed opportunities, mind


Richard McLin
Richard McLin

Salem, OR

I have been writing ever since I can remember. I can't live and not write, it's as essential as breath. more..


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