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The Fool's Lament - A Poem

Updated on January 16, 2014

"I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one." - Mark Twain

When wisdom waved I turned my head
When she called I pretended not to hear
When second, third and fourth chance knocked
I carried on as if they hadn't appeared
Regret, it is an aching thing
That burrows in the soul
And grows its roots of bitterness
That choke all sense of hope
The heart, it is a broken thing
When it refuses to be free
And amends cannot revive the promise
Of all that will not be


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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Awesome poetry. Some truths expressed so eloquently! Peace.

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks vespawoolf. I have to admit, I stole that idea - the personification of the wisdome - from the book of Proverbs.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      You have a beautiful way with words. I like how you personify wisdom. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      How true! Most opportunities are lost as we do not recognize them.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your words are full of wisdom, Crystal. It says so much about our ignorance in understanding life's opportunities.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sad, beautiful, emotional and enjoyed.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like this poem very much, Crystal. It's sad but lovely.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A poem that expresses feeling and I especially like those last two lines.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Your sentiments are sad but true. Nice poem, Crystal.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      A very beautiful, emotional poem!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Crystal, it's sad when the heart refuses to open up. Your poem states that beautifully.

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      Nadine May 4 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A great write here a heartfelt poem with great emotions

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      Marilyn L Davis 4 years ago from Georgia

      Good evening, Crystal; this is touching and hopefully, releasing. Many have said that the writing heals and I believe it. ~Marilyn

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is beautifully written, Crystal. Sad but still beautiful.