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No Regrets ~ a Poem

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Inspiration for This Poem

This poem "No Regrets" was written as a response to Brenda Arledge's 'Word Prompts Help Creativity/ Week 20: "Regret."

Every week, Brenda offers inspiration to the HubPages community via her well-chosen word prompts. This has led to some amazing writing by fellow hubbers, many stepping outside their comfort zone to write poetry, essays, and even some short fiction.

My poem is also inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s wonderful poem “Regret” (first published 1846) I have also retained the same rhyme scheme (ABABCDCD) and stanza length. I hope you enjoy "No Regrets."

We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.

— Steve Maraboli

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No Regrets

In my teenage years, I wished to move

From the house, I grew up in.

For I had many things to prove,

I felt confined within.

In later times, fond memories

Are what I miss the most;

If rooms could tell their stories,

It would resurrect the ghosts.


Life has been a fun-fair ride

A roller-coaster if I’m true;

Now, the carnival has died,

And there are many things I rue!

I have sailed the choppy sea of love,

But no treasure isle have found;

A vain search for the pirate’s cove,

Now my ship is homeward bound.


Image by Thomas Wolter from Pixabay

Image by Thomas Wolter from Pixabay

Goodbye, cruel sirens in the waves!

Farewell, to your tempting song!

I weep for those in watery graves,

Deceived for far too long!

Though your spell is broken,

You left me weak and spent;

And if my name was gently spoken,

To return, I may relent.


I’ve braved the devil’s darkest night,

To see the morning rise.

Beckoned by home’s welcome light

through cloud-filled summer skies.

Regrets, like storms, I brush aside,

You’ll not rain on my parade!

I take all challenges in my stride;

And continue life’s charade.


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Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

REGRET ~ an Acrostic Poem

Remember back on life so far

Even past regrets

Grow and learn from your mistakes

Repair the things you can

Eventually, remorse will fade

Then you can start again


Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can’t build on it; it’s only good for wallowing in.

— Katherine Mansfield

Don't Harbour Regrets ~ Aa Haiku

Don't harbour regrets

You can't change your past mistakes

Look ahead with hope

© 2021 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 13, 2021:

Thank you Vidya. I think having a messages in what we write is important. I always enjoy what to write as well. Have a great day.

VIDYA D SAGAR on July 13, 2021:

Great message in your poems John. We all learn from our mistakes. Better to move on than harbour any regrets. I enjoyed reading all the poems. Wonderful quotes and video too. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 13, 2021:

Hi Vanita, thank you for your kind comment. I realise it is not easy due to articles disappearing or not even appearing on the feed. Glad you caught this one.

Vanita Thakkar on July 13, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's word prompt, John - full of wisdom and strength. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks for sharing.

Happy to be able to comment on this. Many articles disappear from the feed ....

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Mary, we all have regrets but we need to put them behind and get on with life. I am glad you could relate with my words. Thanks for reading.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 11, 2021:

You summed up for me what I have gone through and I realize all of us have made mistakes so leave regrets and forge on. I lived with my regrets for too long now. It's time to move on.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Thank you for reading this Peg. I think we are guided to make these changes in life for a reason. It does no good to regret the decisions. I like those words about not looking back.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Happy Sunday to you Bill. It is already Monday here. Yes, Brenda’s prompts have certainly awoken the muses around here, and I am looking forward to getting her word prompt each week. Thank you for the generous comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 11, 2021:

Brenda has certainly awakened the muses of many HP writers. As always, your work stands head and shoulders above most of the others. Yes, you are that good! Happy Sunday my friend.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021:

How deeply meaningful your words and rhymes are on this writer's challenge. Many times I've started over from scratch, sometimes moving hundreds of miles away and beginning again. Someone once told me, "Never look back. Something might be gaining on you."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Hi Peggy, why waste time on regrets when there are so many more positive things to do.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Hi Liz, yes that is certainly the main message. Lets just concentrate on shaping the future.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 11, 2021:

You are right in pointing out that spending time on regrets is an "appalling waste of energy." Good one, John!

Liz Westwood from UK on July 11, 2021:

I appreciate your positive message in this poetry. There's nothing we can do to change the past, but we can move on and learn from it as we journey into the future.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Thank you for reading, Umesh. Glad you liked the haiku.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on July 11, 2021:

Very well composed. I liked the haiku.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Rozlin, thank you for reading and for your kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed these poems and the rhyme scheme in "No Regrets."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am so glad you found the message in these poems to be motivating. Thank you for reading and leaving such a wonderful comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Brenda, you narrated the story perfectly. Thank you for your insightful and generous comment on these poems. I am glad you liked the quotes and video too.

Rozlin from UAE on July 11, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, John. You are right, we should learn from our mistakes and move on instead of regretting. I enjoyed reading all your poems. I liked the rhyme scheme you did. Thank you for sharing this hub. Keeping hub. It's always a pleasure to read your Poems.

Rosina S Khan on July 11, 2021:

We shouldn't have any regrets but learn from our mistakes and amend those we can and get ahead in life. This is the overall robust word in your poetry today. Really loved all the poems. They are practical and rational with lessons for us to learn.

Thank you, John- you have made my day with your motivational poems. I will always look ahead with hope. That is what really counts.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 11, 2021:

John,

What a powerful quote by Steve Maraboli.

I love your poem "No Regrets".

It tells us how one yearns to be adventurous and break away from those ties that bind.

He can't wait to leave the homestead.

Now he wishes those walls could talk & tell him stories of his past.

Life has been a wonderful ride but now he's satisfied to be homeward bound.

The spell is finally broken and he is content.

He won't follow those cries echoing anymore.

He pushes regret to the side and chooses to live his life moving forward.

In "Regrets ~ an acrostic poem, " you explain that the remorse we feel from regret will fade away and we can start over.

Learn from our mistakes.

In "Don't Harbour Regrets ~ A Haiku" you tell us to move on..we can't change the past.

All of these are fantastic with great messages embedded in them.

Great quotes & video too!

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Hello, Pamela. I am glad you can relate to the sentiments expressed at the end of that poem. Thank you for reading as always.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 11, 2021:

I love this ending of you first poem, John.

Regrets, like storms, I brush aside,

You’ll not rain on my parade!

I take all challenges in my stride;

And continue life’s charade.

All the poetry was excellent, as usual, but that ending is exactly how I think anyone that wants inner peace must live.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Hi Bro, thank you for your encouragement. I am glad you liked those lines. Much appreciated.

manatita44 from london on July 11, 2021:

The pendulum of regret and hope. Beautiful pieces, Bro.

'Cruel sirens in the waves.'

'Regrets, like storms, I brush aside.' Great lines, Bro

Visual, emotive, strong. Excellent work!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Misbah, thank you for reading everything I write, and for your more than generous comment. Blessings to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

A big thank you as always, MsDora. It is no good dwelling, just move on.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on July 11, 2021:

John, I enjoy all of your poems. Yes, we should learn from our mistakes; it is always better to learn from mistakes rather than regret them. Your answer to the word "regret" is fantastic. Regrets are a waste of time. Your poems have such a powerful message. Inspiring and uplifting. Thank you for sharing

Blessings always

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 11, 2021:

I love your attitude toward regrets. You speak for many who followed their dreams and didn't find what their hearts were looking for. There's always hope. Great content! Great poetry!

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