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Poem - Love or Regret?

Updated on January 13, 2011

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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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

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

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      New Life 6 years ago from Chandler, Arizona

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

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Thanks Mark, I appreciate that.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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

      Simply beautiful Suburban Poet, loved it.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      Nellieanna Hay 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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      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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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Eiddwen,

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

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      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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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi,

      I loved this poem.

      Thank you so much for sharing and take care.

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      Nellieanna Hay 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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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Nellieanna,

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

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

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

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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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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you Marina,

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

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      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

      Thank you Erin,

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

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      DaPuma,

      Me too! Thanks for commenting.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      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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      daPuma5 6 years ago

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

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      pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Loved it, very meaningful! Thanks!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      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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      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

      Thank you breakfastpop for the nice comment...

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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

      Thank you Jake and thanks for following me...

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      Jake Gene Barnes 6 years ago

      Very well done!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thank you suzannao... that was quick!

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      suzannao 6 years ago from Texas

      Love this!!