Poem - Love or Regret?

How will you spend it?
Time
With love?
Or regret?
Are you sowing happiness?
Or distant pain?
Tomorrow's longing
Will be in your arms
Tonight
You don't have to dream
She is with you
Now
Tell her
Tell her what you will wish
That you had said
Long ago
Because long ago
Will arrive
Tonight
You don't have to wish
Tell her now
Whisper in her ear
Maybe she will turn her heart
Back to you
Maybe she will smile
At you
Maybe she will sink her head
Back into the pillow
Inviting your passion
So you can begin
The dream
Maybe she won't leave
As you fear
Maybe she will stay
Because
Of your fateful decision
To spend time
With love
And not regret

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suzannao 6 years ago from Texas

Love this!!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you suzannao... that was quick!


Jake Gene Barnes 6 years ago

Very well done!


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Jake and thanks for following me...


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Beautiful and moving poem.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you breakfastpop for the nice comment...


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ChrisLincoln 6 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Loved this, and I usually hop right over the poems. Not for the first time you got my attention,

Chris


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Hey Chris... thanks for reading... you're probably not the only person who skips the poems. Hell I'm the same way at times. I appreciate your comments. Most of my stuff is just an attempt to vividly describe situations and feelings that we all experience but in a way that is hopefully unique and compelling.


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pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

Loved it, very meaningful! Thanks!


daPuma5 6 years ago

I'll take the love; life is too short for regrets. Gotta live it!


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Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

I read your bio and just had to read more of the man behind it. This was the first one I read. Wonderful style and nice glimpse into the mind of a man. I will stop by often. I'll read more than just the poems. Voted you up and beautiful. And thanks for stopping by my hub...I write on anything that crosses my path as well. Namaste'.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you penny for stopping by. I'm glad you liked it... maybe it's easier "written" than said for some folks.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

DaPuma,

Me too! Thanks for commenting.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Erin,

That's all you get... a glimpse! Ha.... anyone could be in this position. Sometimes pride destroys your dreams.


Marina Lester 6 years ago

Very nice, perfect portrayal of those little moments when we make big choices within our hearts silently. My favorite part was...

"Tell her what you will wish

That you had said

Long ago

Because long ago

Will arrive

Tonight"

Very good, powerful and sweet.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Marina,

In this poem the girl is right there... in his arms... now is the time....


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Love has to start,

By warming the heart.

Keep stoking this heat.

Stick a rose on the fire, rinse and repeat.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I love it, SP! So much feeling and genuine humanity.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Micky Dee,

That's about it... see if I'd of thought that I could have saved myself a bunch of lines...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Nellieanna,

Either thru intense empathy or having been there one can capture the true feeling...


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

True, and it's doubtful if it's even possible to have real empathy without having been there oneself - at least in a very similar situation or predicament. Sympathy, maybe, but empathy requires a first-hand awareness, I suspect.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Hi,

I loved this poem.

Thank you so much for sharing and take care.


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Nayothara 6 years ago

When I read this hub, I was in a real deep thinking. I was trying to ask my self, what things that some people let go in life when it doesn't have to be that way. I been thinking so much and I end up commenting for your HUB in someone else's Hub! We have plenty of options and it is the will all that matters. How much willing to keep the freshness in relationship, how much effort willing to put into the relationship.... Your hub is beautiful, and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us..


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

I think one can develop empathy without experience. But you must do two things:

Truly put yourself in another's shoes

Be honest about how you would feel

I wrote another short poem (prose?) called "I Will Be You" that somewhat asks the questions about empathy and if I really could be empathetic when I had not experienced the life... Thank you as always my Lily...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Eiddwen,

Thank you for the comment. I appreciate it...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nayomi,

No problem. You always give me very thoughtful comments and that is good enough. I think too many people (myself included at times) only see what we don't have and not what we do have. It's an old story. But I was thinking about the situation where you know what you have but you keep yourself from showing it to your lover... let them know... if they are there then you can water the flower and they will be what they are: a flower...


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Russ Baleson 6 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

Hi, I'm so glad I came across your poem. I loved it. A simple and wonderfully crafted message reminding me to live. To begin the dream now! Thank you, I look forward to reading your other work. Regards, Russ


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I just read "I Will Be You" - and it is a powerful declaration of nearly empathy, for sure. Putting oneself in another's shoes as much as is humanly possible. And much is possible. The only holdback is that one doesn't really KNOW all the past experiences and their part in another's present pain. The present stimulus may be minor compared to a past ache it activated. One can try to imagine, but the limits are ever present. It is too presumptuous to claim to "know just how you feel" - Even if one has the identical present experience of another, there are always other factors imposing on their experience of it which are foreign to oneself, no matter how sensitive and perceptive. And the ordinary comment that "I know how you feel" is too often FAR from empathetic. One knows how far short it falls because the efforts to "fix" it or to interpret it prove it is their subjective view of it in spite of their somewhat high-handed claim to "know" oneself as well as oneself does.

It's risky at best. But genuine empathy without the further claim of knowing is always welcome and one overlooks the gaps when one feels the love in it, which is, after all the main thing in all cases. There is also great value in respecting the other's total otherness and individuality and just giving homage to that can be as healing as attempting to understand or interpret the person too much.

A little poem of mine sort of expresses what I'm trying to say:

Try to not make

Your sense

Out of another's

Inspiration,

And let him

Tell you

What it is.

______© Nellieanna H. Hay

HUGS. . . .


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Russ... I write in a simple fashion and yes it is a declaration of "getting on with it." Don't let life pass you by you know? What harm is there in telling someone how you feel. It's your gift to them....


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Nellieanna,

I write a poem and you get on a roll! That's great... I mean it...

I know what you are saying... that is partly what I addressed when I said my numbness was an abomination. Because typically I am numb. All the news of the day crushes our senses...

But I wanted to acknowledge that I am aware of pain and suffering and yes I can imagine at times how it would feel to lose a child during war or to be hungry all the time.

That poem was inspired by a poet who died in the last couple of years. He was a Palestinian... but I was not making a political statement... I was making a human statement...


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Simply beautiful Suburban Poet, loved it.


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you acaetnna,

Call me Mark ok? We see each other so much now that we should be introduced right? I really appreciate how you follow me....


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Thanks Mark, I appreciate that.


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New Life 6 years ago from Chandler, Arizona

This is really nice... thanks for writing it...


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The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you New Life for coming by and commenting....

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