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Do I Have Regrets

Updated on June 19, 2013


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Just another day.

In daylight hours where shadows of life are often cast

Deep regrets and fears thoughtfully caress the landscape

disappearing over the horizon to the heights navigated beyond.

Do I not bow to those people to whom I owe honesty and respect?

yet, I shiver from memories of what I have proffered

That now causes only pain and distress to another

My love is still fretful for explanations,

Which are questionably avoided, and thus clips the butterflies wings

To collapse into the resentful place in my mind.

I have respect for love lost, yet no recriminations to those who feel

The discontent of being abandoned with passing tears.

unselfishly shed for the spirit of another life.

What is left after the dust of the storm settles,

Is a stillness of grief for the love jilted

If you walk away my nemesis, don't turn the other cheek

For my heart is an oasis in the desert

I am woman, whose heart was born to forgive,

but never to forget.

Another Song from Ted Onulak

A severe reprimand.

I posted a poem yesterday "In Daylight Hours" which although mostly well commented upon, also brought about severe criticism, from another writer taking the trouble of mailing me personally. He tore me to pieces and reminded me that a considerable amount of my appeal as a writer, was that I was always open and honest. He threw down the challenge to re-write yesterday's poem, and say it as it is. Well, I like my poem of yesterday, and wont re-write; but, I have taken the same format to write what I am feeling now after the event of the poem. My challenge was to take some of the original words and shorten the original poem to less than twenty lines. For you my honest friend, I hope that this is more to your understanding. Net:)


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    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hey my sista Martie, thank you for all your encouragement hunnie. As they say "you can't please all of the people all of the time" this guy was one of my most respected reviewers and I was stunned by his critique. Nothing keeps me back for too long, so I was proving a point for his benefit lol Take care. xx

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Eddy, thank you so much for your support my friend. I truly appreciate you. xx

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      First of all, I absolutely love "Another Song" from Ted Onulak. The man just have something in him that appeals to me.

      Annette, we are all unique. Some people will like our writings, others may hate it. We can not please everybody and we will never know whether we will please or not. The best is, write what pleases your soul...

      And don't allow critique to upsets you. Take it from who it comes. Maybe it is from somebody who has no tact, who think he/she knows-it-all. Just pull up your shoulders, learn what you are willing to learn and move on... Grow=grow-grow!

      Voted up, sincere and touching.

      I am taking Ted with me, dragging him all over your buttons :)))

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant net; I loved this one.

      Take care and I wish you a great Easter.


    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Lesley, I am so grateful for your kind words and support hunnie. I have kicked my ass now, and although I still cry through the sunshine, I am beginning to move on. Net:)

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Pamela, thank you for your support hunnie. Although I was flawed by my fellow writer, he did me the world of good by telling me "stop wallowing in self pity, respond and tell it as it is, you are hurt and have the right to respond. Not all flakey like the poem is." He suddenly made me realise that I was still hiding in the shadow in my previous poem. Often critiques, although hard to take on the cheek, can be the best life booster in the world, if you are thick skinned enough to accept it. Net:)

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Jamie, thank you for your support hunnie. It is hard to wear a smile on your face when your heart is crushed. These past two months have been so hard. Lovin the beard. Net:)

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      You are a wonderful writer Net, you write from the heart and we love you for it...

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think is a very good poem and it spells out your feelings quite clearly. I like it and for someone to take the time to send you a personal critique of yesterday seems a bit petty to me.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for a wonderful poem, it is from your heart and I felt every bit. I have a picture of me and my daughter, with bull glorious beard, stop on by. Jamie

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      acaetnna, hunnie from a talented poet and lovely soul such as yourself, I am happy to see you back in my space. You have long been an inspiration to me, and even thou I am often absent from HP I still think of your lovely work. Net:)

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Ahhhh Ruby, you are always so supportive, no matter which genre I write in. I can always count on you for a supportive word and for your honesty. Thank you for touching my life. :)

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My dear friend Joyce, who I appreciate more than I can say. You are always there with a helping hand and kind word, which is so comforting. Thank you so much hunnie. :)

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Dear Maria, my little sista, you always brighten up my soul with your loving support and encouragement. You can read me as easily as if I was a page in your favourite novel. We have shared so many times together, and always will. Love ya baby. :)

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Perspycacious, thank you so much for visiting my little space in Hub Land. I appreciate your comment, but sadly I am not an Irish Colleen. I have lived in Ireland for 23 years, but I am English by birth. :)

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      6 years ago from Guildford

      I am so pleased that I have rediscovered your work. This poem is very powerful and clearly written from your heart.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      People who love to critique other's work are probably envious and would give a million bucks if they could write as well. Your poetry always touches me. You are a great poetess..I had one Hubber who told me, " I like your poem, but the rhyme is not that good." HaHa..Keep on writing my friend...Cheers

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Annette my friend, please remember you are a great writer and if you only had one disgruntled hubber that was their preception of your poem. Voted up and truly awesome, Joyce.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      Write with your heart as your guide and you cannot miss. This is, in fact, how I read all of your work.

      Your compassion and consideration to all is admirable. However, to please all readers/ friends all the time is about as possible as counting the grains of sand in the desert.

      Please keep that gorgeous head high and keep up your amazing writing. Voted UP & Awesome. Love, Maria

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Following another colleen and close behind you.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Hi Wayne, thank you once again for your support. You know I still remember your gracious gift of Man's Prayerful Presence, that I used in my memoirs. You are still that gracious man hunnie. :)

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Nicely done, are always up for the challenge. As the song says, "Go Your Own Way". Thanks for sharing. WB


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