Friday 56: Say Not What If ...

  • Friday, November 25, 2011

Welcome to Friday 56! I wasn't able to do my usual little graphics surprise today, but I have an interesting book in hand!

Andew Friedman, author of Say Not What If, sent me a copy for review. Here's a quick summary:

Say Not What If” is a short story about a man on death row. The story is written as a long rhyming poem, and its primary theme is that time is our most valuable commodity. As someone once said, “waste anything but time, because we really are promised no tomorrows.” This theme is explored through the life of the protagonist, a man who sacrifices his marriage and everything else for his career. He realizes much too late the terrible consequences of this decision, and then desperately tries to regain those lost years by making a much worse choice. The resolution of this latter choice involves an additional examination of the concepts of accountability and responsibility, redemption, and the morality of the death penalty.

This book is only 51 pages, so I am bending rules. Here are the first few lines that start on page 3:

Say not "what if or wonder why
About all the things you did not try.
Say not "what if" or be heard or to sigh
With a trembling voice and a tear in your eye
"Why did I let time go by?"

I'm interested to read more, as this is autobiographical.

And don't forget to join in Friday 56, and share your latest read!


  • Grab a book, any book. 
  • Turn to page 56. 
  • Find any sentence that grabs you. 
  • Post it. 
  • Add your (url) post below in Freda's Voice Linky.

Happy weekend everyone!


  1. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Nice poem.

  2. I did poetry this time too! haha happy friday 56! :]

  3. Here is mine:

  4. Sounds really interesting and this is definitely a way of keeping people interested because it is so human! Thanks for stopping by,
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. thanks for the visit all! it was a busy-ish weekend hence replying only now :)


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