If only it wasn’t a visit
If only we could hear your sounds every day
Go to sleep with them at night
Wake up with them in the morning.
If only we could walk along you everyday
If only we could open the back gate and you be there
If only just taking one towel was enough
If only we knew your temperament from our house window.
If only you weren’t that drive away
If only we didn’t have to pack up everything to be disappointed
If only we knew what you would be like when we arrived
If only we knew you were deserted, or full before we headed off.
If only we could watch you from the warmth inside our house
If only we could see you thrashing and shouting
If only we could watch you getting angry and calm
If only you were right here, rather than all that way over there!