A Poem by taiglum

Author: taiglum
Created: March 14, 2016 at 08:05 am
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
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Shawl of Regrets.  

As old age curls around me like
a shawl that's worn threadbare
I find no warmth or comfort
only sorrow left to share.

So many things I could have done
but never took the chance
Slowed down to hear the music
that beckoned me to dance.

I never stopped to smell a rose
inhaled her sweet perfume
Nor strolled the meadowlands in spring
when wildflowers were in bloom.

Regretting paths I never trod
as life comes to a close
Dewdrops now weep crystal tears
on petals of the dying rose.

Last Modified: March 14, 2016 at 08:53 am
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March 14, 2018
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We always have the 'if's and buts' in our lives but as Edith Piaff says " no, no,regrets: let there be no regrets. We then have to cope as best we can without them. Have a good day!

Thank you Kitty for reading and leaving your kind thoughts.

 taiglum replied on March 14, 2018

U R welcome!

 kitty replied on March 14, 2018

March 25, 2016
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Emotive and beautiful
I am sorry it has been so long between visits but I have been away. Just seems no time to stay at the computer any length of time. I am so glad that I dropped in today for this is probably one of my most favorites within you titles. Very sad but felt deeply. SL of course to you. I hope you have been well my friend. Lesa

Thank you so much my friend for stopping by and leaving your heartfelt message. I am sorry for taking so long to respond. I have actually got my sorry ass a job now and have not had much time to write or even read anything anymore. I really should get myself organized so I get a minute or two to visit the site. I hope everything is well with you and your family. God Bless and I will be dropping by your page to see what I have been missing. Cheers!

 taiglum replied on July 30, 2016

March 16, 2016
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Effortless. The flow was magnificent the rhyme was spot on, and the message was clearly sent. I've seen so many should have and could haves on this site by some seasoned veterans, and the message I keep getting is to live and love each day as it was the last. With what limited time we spend each day it should be enjoying those could haves and would haves. Sad but beautiful. Well done.~Paul

Thank you so much Paul for the kind thoughts on this one. Indeed we need to take the time to enjoy what we have though it might be very little. No point in regretting things we cannot change. Cheers!

 taiglum replied on March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016
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I honestly believe that no matter which road we take there will always be a diversion that we missed or foolishly ignored. the benefits are that we travelled on the road that we could handle the best. As long as you can look back and see the good things that you did I reckon life has been worthwhile. I suppose the way to tackle it is to believe in re-incarnation and then next time make a few changes!! Loved the rhyming and the content, well done. take care Rod.

Thank you Rod for your insightful thoughts. I think we do the best we can to get through life with what we have at that particular moment. No point in regretting things that probably were never meant to be. Cheers!

 taiglum replied on March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016
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A splendid poem. It reminds me of Whittier's classic verse: "For of all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these: It might have been." SL

Appreciate the lovely thoughts on this one. Regrets are something I try not to have. We all do our best with what we have at that particular time in life. 'If only' is something we think about, but we need to appreciate and be grateful for what we have right now. No matter what, if I had chosen not to have a family I would not have had the joy of having grandchildren, who are the light of my life. So in that respect I am completely content with no regrets. Cheers!

 taiglum replied on March 16, 2016

March 14, 2016
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Beautiful phrasing and very melodic...but for me not so much sad as wistful. There isn't enough time in several lifetimes to do everything we "should/could" have done. All the things you mention not having done are things that made me smile just thinking about and visualizing. And I think many of us have a shawl like yours.

Thank you for your kind thoughts on this one. I try never to have regrets about the things I have done, but the things I haven't done I are a little concerning to me. I am however grateful for having had a half decent life and therefore I am content. We need to appreciate what we have right now and not look back on what we never had or did. There is always a reason why. Cheers!

 taiglum replied on March 16, 2016

March 14, 2016
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Extremely sad!
Done well but sad in the extreme. I'm 67 and depressed at this time mostly due to some family issues. And I'm very much aware of; things I could have done and didn't, things I wish I haven't done at all and different ways I could have done things and gotten a far better result. Odd how most people look back with regrets because honestly it's completely pointless. It does more harm than good actually. No one can change the past. All we can try to do is better things for the future. So I completely understand this poem and the deep sadness it represents. But even more sad is that feeling this way accomplishes nothing but regret, pain and depression. Good poem about a bad and pointless practice! Did put it up for a spotlight though because it's well presented and so many people while growing older feel this way. But I'd firmly suggest looking back at the good times, sweet moments had in life. Most people have had those too so why dwell on the negative when there's better things to recall?


Thank you for the time you took to read and leave your thoughts on this one. I agree completely that looking back with regret is totally pointless. I try my best to never regret anything. It wasn't really meant to be sad, but I guess that's how it came out. Sorry you are having some family problems, that is something I do know about and can be extremely depressing. Hopefully things will work out for you and the dismay and depression will be all in the past. At our age we must savour the good things that we have in life and enjoy our time with the people that we care about. Cheers!

 taiglum replied on March 16, 2016

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