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No Regrets ~ a Poem

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

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Image by Enlightening Images from Pixabay

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

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.

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay

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