Poem: tears of regret

There’s a moment,
where you think someone may die,
and as you sit by their bed,
holding their hand,
you are filled with regret.

You regret the time,
you didn’t spend with them.

You regret the anger,
that you showed them.

You regret all the meaningless things,
that you put before them.

In that moment,
as you watch them breathe,
and pray that it will not stop,
the days and years pass by in your mind,
and all those moments that should not have been,
are reminded to you.

You say kind words,
and express your love,
and say from within your depth,
that you are sorry.

In this moment,
whatever happens,
learn from this.

Learn from the regret,
learn from the sorrow,
learn from all that you believe you lost.

In time,
either good or bad,
the time will pass,
and when it does,
do not forget.

Do not forget,
the feelings you had.

Do not forget,
the sorrow you felt.

Do not forget,
your regret.

Do not,
let things,
become normal again.

Do not,
let things,
be as they were.

Although the effort may strain,
and the logic may strain,
and the petty things may strain,
do not forget.

The day will come,
when you sit by a bed,
and hold a hand,
and all those words,
and all those logics,
of why you should not have changed,
will shatter like glass.

Don’t let that happen.

Don’t be in that place.

Learn from the tears,
and go a new path,
so that by the bed,
in the future,
while there may be tears of sorrow,
there will not be,
tears of regret.



On Friday, one of M. Sakran’s dogs died.

His name was Shadow.  He was a good dog and is loved.  The sadness now is hard to describe.

If anyone could say something nice, even a poem, please use the box below.  It would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Poetry topic idea: love

Today’s poetry topic idea is love.  Amazingly, love has never been used up to this point as a tag on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  And so … this post.

Love is probably written about innumerable times, most likely in the context of love in relationships.  To seek different perspectives, there are other ways to examine the idea of love in poetry.

One notion is to examine the difficulty with which love is defined.  Love may seem intuitive, but to write a sentence that starts “Love is …” can be difficult.  This idea can be explored through poetry.

Another idea would be to explore love of things as opposed to people.  This could be explored from a variety of different perspectives.  A poet might examine love of ordinary things like movies or books, or a poet might examine love of something like money.

The use of love as an expression could be examined.  For example, a poet might examine expressions where a person says they love something.  For example, a person might say they love a certain food.  A poet could examine the implications of this.

Love as an emotion could be contrasted with love as an action.  A poet could examine the feeling and compare it to how it does or does not manifest itself.

Love could be examined using the idea of scale.  Love could be very close and personal, or large and universal.  A poet could look at the idea.

A poet could look at the idea of the imposingness of love.  Is love a simple thing?  Is it quick?  Can someone feel love with little difficulty?  Or, is love profound?  Is it something that should be approached with caution because of its significance?  The range of perspectives could be examined through poetry.

Love has never been used before this as a tag on this blog.  Hopefully this brief examination of it as a poetry topic idea will give poets ideas on ways to write about it.