My final two poems for April are about regret and the like.
Lately I have been such a crabby patty! And I've been acting like one as well. Doing and saying things with no care about the consequences. I feel bad later but at the time I just open and spew forth.
Tears, Idle Tears by Lord Alfred Tennyson
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
Tears from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the days that are no more.
Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
That brings our friends up from the underworld,
Sad as the last which reddens over one
That sinks with all we love below the verge;
So sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.
Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awakened birds
To dying ears, when unto dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the days that are no more.
Dear as remembered kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feigned
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more.
Regret Today By Catherine Pulsifer, © 2007
How many times do we say something that we immediately realized was not the right thing to say?
How many times do we look back on an event and think, if only I had....
How many times do we do something that we wish hadn't done?
You can't change what has been said.
You can't change a past event.
You can't change what has been done.
Do you call it regret, sorrow, repentance?
Do you think about what might have been?
Do you relive an event the way it should have been?
Forget about regret, and focus.
Focus on today, not on the past.
Focus on what you can do, not what you didn't do.
The only thing to regret is living in the past
The only thing to feel sorrow for is not living each day to the fullest.
The only thing to do to repent is to sincerely say, I'm sorry.
Don't live your life regretting yesterday.
Live your life so tomorrow you won't regret today.