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Regret—A Feeling of Sadness


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The Background

Our fellow author Brenda Arledge has provided us a word prompt challenge. We have the choice to write poetry or a short story on this word prompt challenge. I have given it a shot and tried to write something creative. The word is 'Regret'. Regret is a feeling of sadness and disappointment. Psychologists define regret: "an aversive sensitive state elicited by a discrepancy in the outcome values of chosen vs. unchosen actions".

Here, I have shared poems and a short story related to the word 'regret'. The story is about a girl who was regretful about trusting someone. The one who didn't deserve her at all, but she loved him wholeheartedly.


Regret Is Useless

killer of the soul

lives freely...

With no regret,

but for how long?

The voice of conscience

shakes from within.

When the oppressor becomes oppressed.

And time says "it's your turn".

The echo of sighs and sobs

can be heard far and wide.

And it's too late because,

regret is useless.


He had to go

He will regret,

for leaving me helpless,

He said he has to go.

That happened what I feared.

losing him was never an option,

but he had to go.

This feeling was terrifying,

But what I could do.

A quivering voice came from within.

Crying is for those who are not in destiny.

Were they ever yours?

And moaning is worthless.

Those who left deliberately,

Were never yours.

Shedding tears for hypocrites is futile.

Moving on is always an option.

I don't spend time thinking about what I should have done in the past. That, to me, is a complete waste of time. I deal with the present, what I can change now, and I deal with the future tomorrow. It works well for me.

—Bill Holland

Regret to Trust—a Short Story

Walking along the shore, the fearless waves of the sea were touching her feet. She felt that the waves were taking her heart with them. Inside was a storm of regrets that were flowing from her eyes as tears. Will she ever be able to trust anyone again? Probably not. She was broken from within.


The scene from a week ago revolved before her eyes. She was happily running towards her mother.

"Mom, I need to tell you something." She spoke with squint eyes and a meaningful smile was covering her beautiful face. Mrs. Maria looked at her from inside her glasses.

"Is everything alright, dear? What do you want to say? I hope you are not just babbling, and there is something important to tell."

"Mom, please, I am serious and you have to listen to me before speculating anything." She was feeling grumpy.

"Aw...my sweet daughter, I am with you always, but one thing that I want to clear. If you have messed up things, then deal with them by yourself. I will not be a 'punching bag' for you this time." Her mother said this by raising both of her hands.

"You are not listening to me, mom." Now she was protesting.

"Okay, go on, I am listening." Her mother took a serious mode.

"I wanted to tell you that there is someone in my life, and I am very serious about him. You know he is an architect and wants to meet you. You will definitely like him. After all, he was the most genius man of our university." She said everything at once and was waiting for her mother's reaction.

Her mother saw her joyful smile and approached her. "You are my treasure, dear. I never want to see you with regrets. Don't settle for second best and spend your life with the one who loves you as I do."

"Mom, you are the best." She shouted with joy.

"My angel, l want you to do some important work of mine. I need you to drop some files to the house of my office colleague. I hope you wouldn't mind." Her mother requested her.

"Of course, Mom. I am always here for you. I need the address, and I will be there within minutes." She replied to her Mom.

Her mother knew that in a few moments, her daughter would shatter. But to save her from future regrets, she had to face the reality. Sara was getting ready. She wore a black gown with light make-up. Her brown hair with loose waves was enchanting her personality. She took files and left home with a captivating smile.

"Monday night I feel so low, I count the hours,

but they go so slow

I know the sound of your voice

can save my soul

City lights, and streets of gold"

She was humming with joy and singing. She wondered how she could tell Joseph that they would be one. She turned the car to where she was supposed to deliver the files. She stopped near the house and rang the doorbell. She was shocked to see the man standing in front of her. "Who is on the door, Honey? I told you, I won't let you go anywhere today." A female voice came from behind him.

Hearing this voice, Sara's steps faltered. She was drowning in a sea of ​​shock. Sara! A man's hoarse voice hit her ears. But she couldn't believe her ears. Everything she saw was a nightmare. Her eyes were filled with tears. She leaned back and ran to the car. A smart and beautiful girl standing in the back was watching the whole scene. She was a colleague of her mother. She had met her once or twice. She understood why her mother had sent her here.

Sara, listen to me. I am going to tell you something. Joseph ran after Sara and tried to hold her hand. But Sarah backed away with a click and sat in the car. She turned the car towards the shore where she wanted to express her grief to the waves of the sea.

She looked at her face in the mirror—there was regret.

Regret to trust someone...

Regret for wanting the wrong person...

Regret for being deceived...

Regret of loseing...

She ran towards the shore. "Why me"... A loud scream rose in the air—a scream of regret.

© 2021 EK Jadoon


EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 11, 2021:

I appreciate your visit. It's really nice to see you back. Lots of love for you...

Stay safe and healthy...

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 10, 2021:

The road to moving on isn't a gentle journey, putting oneself in the prison of the past is even worse. But when you're all done with it, it feels like you are the rainbow after the storm. Regrets is unrecyclable.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day! Sending power hugs and a bunge of love!!!!!!

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 10, 2021:

I appreciate your visit, Amara. Stay safe and healthy...

Amara from Pakistan on July 09, 2021:

Beautiful piece of write up. Keep up your good work sis.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Dear Brenda,

You made my day! I am happy that you find poems interesting and useful. And you have Summarized the article exquisitely.

I wish you a thrilling day ahead.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Thank you so much for liking and appreciating, Nian. Stay safe and healthy.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

I hope you are getting better, Misbah. Looking back mostly brings grief and sorrow. I always cry a lot while saying goodbye, but as you said, it's important sometimes.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Thanks for your visit, Vidya. Moving on is always a better choice. Stay safe and healthy, dear sister

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

I always welcome the new dawn, Manatita. But relationship lives longer if we prefer love and honesty over regret. Thanks for visiting.

Stay safe and healthy...

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:


Your poem, "Regret Is Useless" is a powerful piece.

It tells the story about how eventually the one who hurts others will feel immense regret when those tables turn...but it will be too late.

Your poem, "He had to go" expresses the truth that it is waste of time crying with regret when someone leaves.

You must move forward.

Using Bill's statement is terrifc.

No sense worrying about spilled milk...move forward.

In the introduction to your story, "Regret to Trust—a Short Story, you paint the sad heartbreak for us.

This story is good. It shows us how we can make someone very important in our lives almost immediately.

Sara was glowing. She was very happy.

But her mother knew the truth.

Although her mother didn't want her to get hurt she wanted her to know the truth.

Sending her to that house with those files did break her heart into pieces.

But fortunately she found out the truth before it went too far.

The pain she feels is real. I can picture her shouting out loud, "Why Me?"

You did a fantastic job on this word prompt.

I have posted a link in the article.

Nian from Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Amazing story and poem. I loved your way of conveying this beautiful message.

Many Blessings to You.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 08, 2021:

Beautiful hub. I love the story and poem, Moon. Sometimes goodbyes are hard but they are important as well. We should never regret in life it's always good to see ahead than to look back. Thank you for sharing your beautiful writing with us. This is a very good response to Brenda's Prompt Challenge

Loved it!

Take care and stay safe!

Blessings and Love

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 08, 2021:

Wonderful story and poem Moondot. The regret of having trusted a deceitful person can be devastating. The best option is to think it was not meant to be and move on. The positive side is that she got to know of it well in time. Thanks for sharing.

manatita44 from london on July 08, 2021:

Interesting! regret in relationships is a common one. Lovely story. The Past is dust. Let the new dawn ascend in my life of aspiration.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

What a beautiful and thought-provoking comment! You nailed it, Val Karas.

Moving on is important in life. I have seen people in my life who destroyed themselves because of living in regrets.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Thanks for the visit. I am glad you liked my creativity.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Thanks for your visit, Peggy. Sometimes a bitter truth is a blessing in disguise.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

Bill, I appreciate your visit. I just stole your words. Lol, I hope you wouldn't mind. But these words can change someone's life. Stay safe and healthy...

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

I just tried to do something creative, Jodah. Your word 'excellent' is heart lifting. Stay safe and healthy...

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

I always like your comments, chitrangada. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such motivational thoughts. Stay safe and healthy...

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

I am glad you liked the article, Rozlin. Stay safe and healthy, my dear sister.

EK Jadoon (author) from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 08, 2021:

I appreciate your words, Ishika. Yes, regret can be a disturbing emotion, and sometimes people face severe depression because of it.

Val Karas from Canada on July 08, 2021:

When it's about regrets, the universal solution seems to be -- just to move on.

When we don't, we are bound to waste time and energy on walking backwards in life, not facing the future with new chances for better outcomes, but obsessing over "what was". In many people it may almost escalate into a self-tormenting passion, analyzing it over and over to exhaustion.

Whether in relationships, career, family, whatever -- some things simply turn out not to work as expected, and then it's time to learn something from it, and to unglue our emotions from things that don't deserve them.

Well, we never really "graduate" from this school of life, for there will be other times to either "regret", or to pick up the pieces of our heart and, yes -- move on.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 08, 2021:

Very nice story. Also a good poem.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2021:

It is good that she found out the truth before getting more involved with that man. She would have had even more regrets had she not found out in time!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 08, 2021:

Wonderful response to the challenge, my friend. Regret has ruined several people I know. It almost ruined me. I don't allow it in my life now.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 08, 2021:

Great story and poem, Moondot. An excellent response to Brenda’s challenge.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 08, 2021:

Nice poems and story. It’s so good that Sara came to know about the truth, before it was too late. The last two lines of your second poem, summed it up beautifully. One should not shed tears for hypocrites, but try to move on. There is always another chance, another way.

An impressive response to the word prompt challenge. Thank you for sharing.

Rozlin from UAE on July 08, 2021:

Wonderful story, Moon. Great response to Brenda's prompt, dear. I Loved the story. I enjoyed the poems as well. Thanks for sharing.

ISHIKA MEHERE from NAGPUR on July 08, 2021:

Regret can be a really disturbing emotion moondot. Thank you for this story.

Hope you have a great day ahead.

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