If I Could Change One Thing

If I could change one thing, what would it be?
A question to ponder, and a wish set free.
There’s the world greed’s dark stain
And hearts to mend torn by pain.
Perhaps I’d heal hidden scars of hate,
Create a space for love to dominate.
Or purge Mother Earth of war’s cruel toll
And honour victory with a peaceful stroll.
However, as I pause and deeply think,
I realise change can happen in a blink.
It’s not in the grand, sweeping decree
But in moments created by you and me.
To lend a hand, to comfort a weary soul
And cradle again, a heart made whole.
If I could change one thing, I’d attest,
The power to effect change lies within us.

Prompt 30. If I could change one thing, for Write Right @Thotpurge

PS. Featured Photo by Saad Chaudhry on Unsplash

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Beautifully stated, Khaya. Yes, it does come down to each of us in the end to create peace and beauty in our own corners. Enough of us do this, and perhaps the patchwork of hope, love and charity will merge and become a tapestry, and a legacy for future generations.

  2. YAY, we made it! I’m still panting… 😀 but plan to write a brief follow up to take a moment to acknowledge the effort, before getting on with the business of us/ people/ world. Thank you for the prompts, they served as an inspiration indeed. <3

  3. Love this, Khaya! I wish more human beings realized this very message. It all begins with us.

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