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With Regret

Updated on September 29, 2012
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With Regret

By Tony DeLorger © 2012

It is with regret I cast the first stone,

find blame and pursue the course of retribution,

even though it is me on the other side of the mirror,

accusations pinging back and forth between us.

Yet each time I find this path, find this impasse,

yearning for the serenity of balance but finding none,

my eyes deeply embedded in the sting of regret,

the fact that my life is my responsibility alone.

So in whom do I find cause to question,

when all roads lead to me, the master of my path,

and who do I trust in retribution if not the balance that governs,

the cause and effect that ensues regardless.

Here I stand at my mirror,

the sight of me irrefutable and blatantly exposed,

to bare the brunt of my regretful maudlin sentiments,

where truth clashes with a far greater truth.

Now I regret that I regret,

my head spinning from this conundrum,

this realisation that what is is, regardless of blame,

regardless of my crooked arrows and pointless tirades.

Here I stand before my judge and jury,

wicked and dripping with self-loathing,

only to be a child looking for recompense,

when by nature it is by my perspective, one way or the another.


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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you approve Aubrey. Always nice to hear from you.

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      A.E. Williams 

      5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Really really cool, Tony. Like always. :) You have a way with words and seem to bring a lot of things to perspective in your work. Loved it. Keep it up! :)

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      So right whonunuwho, its all about perspective and to some extent forgiveness- to be able to accept fault and move forward. Thanks for dropping by.

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      6 years ago from United States

      Introspection and self-blame is a part of us all. Many times we find ourselves condemning ourselves about some event, usually one that is out of our hands in the first place. Things do have a way of working out for the best. This we find over time and still have that little nagging problem now and again. Self respect and self worth are of the most valuable in each of our lives, aren't they?Nice work.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you connected Jo; thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great poem of reflection. However some things need to be carried by those who deserve to *carry the blame*. Regrets opens the door to more regrets. And allows the evil to enter in. Voted up and shared this beautiful hub! Shalom :)


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