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The Regrets

Updated on March 23, 2016
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Steve is a Army Veteran who served from 1986-1992. He is Married with three children. He currently works in the battery industry.


Oh the regrets I lament constantly.

The missed opportunities to have my family next to me.

The time wasted chasing treasure, for financial security.

When all I really wanted was to have you next to me.

The debts satisfied, but oh the cost to the heart.

The bitter taste of breaths taken when we are apart.

The laughter of children missed.

The yearning for kisses not kissed.

The school concert not attended.

The broken heart of the child offended.

These are but a few of the regrets I lament constantly.

For the lack of them next to me.

The world pulls at me, keeps me away.

Before I know it I have lost another day.

Days turn to Weeks, Weeks to Months, Months to Years.

When I realize for a moment what was lost, then come the tears.

I must be strong for them. They need that from me.

But oh the pain I cannot let them see.

So I lament in silence, constantly. For time lost with a family that I hope knows.

I still want next to me.


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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very well written and touchingly personal poems. Well done.