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I should've listened

Updated on June 30, 2012

I should’ve listened

When she told us to move

All I did was disapprove

Just us three

Imagine now how it’d be

I should have listened

At the thought, her eyes just glistened

She would have got away from her aching

I should have been the first to start packing

But I didn’t know. I was young and dumb

All I wanted is to have fun

How could I have known?

I was too high up on my throne

She was a wonderful woman

He was no loving man

She was gorgeous, too.

And his jealousy just grew

But me, being young and dumb

Had no idea what would come

I only cared about my life

Not about any husband and wife

I couldn’t imagine it otherwise

But boy, was I surprised

Really, adults should know better

And now all I have is her lovely letter

Now I just play it back in my head.

Over, and over again.

For 11 years.

I’ve shed so many tears,

I know it’s not my fault.

My whole life came to a halt

But, what could I know?

I was just a child, feeling so low

But there’s always the “what if’s”

And why’d he go over the cliff?

And the “what could have been’s”

And how could he have sinned?

Thoughts that’ll never go away.

But today, is a better day

From so young, I came to understand

That life isn’t all that grand

And even after all these years of guilt

I’ve still managed to try to build

A lovely life full of happiness

From the prior dark sadness

And him, with all the assault

I realize it wasn’t my fault

I just wish I could just go back

Listened to her and just packed

Maybe she would have been here

And I wouldn’t have to shed a tear

And no one would have fought

And then maybe he wouldn’t have to rot

But what’s done is done

She’s now on her lovely throne

And I’m just here on my own

There’s no turning back

That period of black

It Will never go away

Oh, why couldn’t they have stayed?

The answers, I’ll never know

But I still love them so


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      6 years ago

      I definitely voted up. You are talented and gifted.

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you MsDora, I will keep moving ahead like you say. Thank you for your encouraging comment :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      You've grown to the point where you can share your feelings and express your personal truth. You love with our without answers to your questions. Keep on moving ahead with faith and prayer. Beautiful expressions!

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you for your generous comment The Republican, you should put your poems on hubpages! I will definitely check your writings out and if you post your poems I'l be happy to read them! I don't consider myself a poet or anything but I do like to write them for some reason, hehe. Thanks for passing by my hubs :)!

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      The Republican 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi, i like how yo write, and you are very good at writing poems, believe it or not.... i write to, but none are on my hubpages. could you read my writings?

      Thank you, Repub.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      thank you very much for the comment Patty!:)

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      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome Poem!!! Very Powerful and Emotionally Written!!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you very much TheQuietwarrior

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      6 years ago

      Very touching poem...

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      @ BeyondMax, thank you, I think many people can relate to this

      @tirelesstraveler, I'm already saved don't worry! Lol, thanks for reading!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      Real life is far more heart wrenching than fiction. The tension and build up of your poem was dramatic. I kept wanting to jump in and save you.

    • BeyondMax profile image


      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Emotional, sorrowful poem. The story that happen to echo in many of us... Beautifully done.

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Yep, no going back! thank you for the read Gypsy !

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Unfortunately between all the should've and could've beens there is no going back. So well put.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thank you everyone for your kind and wonderful comments :D

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      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Beautiful poem with so much wisdom for such a young person. You are a real poet. Regrets and pain is an important part of our emotions, that propel us to better places. Thank you for an inspirational work of art.

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      Jennifer Stone 

      6 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      This is a really good poem... I find myself lost for words! Voted up and stuff, Jen

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Beautifully written, full of regrets and pain but there's no going back, life gives us lessons to learn although painful they mould us and make us the human beings we eventually becomes.

      Although you were so very young then, you seem to have grown into an exceptional human being.

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      Jose Velasquez 

      6 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Dealing with parents that are always fighting is very hard, and something like this is a nightmare. The guilt eats at you, but you have to let it go, because its not your fault. Very nice expression!

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      6 years ago

      A emotive poem written through the eyes of a more-matured individual who has taken note of a life's lesson.

      We all have those times in our lives when we should have listened but chose not to. The hardest part is being able to forgive our-self for our life's regrets made as a result of our own decision making.

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      Thanks Ryem, glad you passed by :)

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      6 years ago from Maryland

      This is a really good poem. I'm glad I read it.

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY


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      cleaner 3 

      6 years ago

      very nice write.

    • EuroNinila profile imageAUTHOR

      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      6 years ago from NYC BABY

      yea I think at one point or another everyone plays the woulda shoulda game, as long as we realize its not healthy then its okay I guess!

      Thanks billybuc and girishpouri for reading and for your comments!! :)

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      Girish puri 

      6 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      great poem, and a clear message,

      voted up

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I played the woulda shoulda coulda game for decades....and it simply does not good at all. Great poem with a message most of us can relate to.


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