My One True Regret

Sophia the warrior princess. May you Rest In Peace. You will always be daddy’s little princess, an angel up in heaven.

Often one is asked if they ever regretted anything in their life. Perhaps some mistake or experience they wish had-never happened or time travel back in the past and choose the latter decision for a better outcome. Personally, I think one should not regret anything in their life. It’s an experience that made them who they are or what they will become. Nick Portokalus from My Big Fat Greek Wedding said it well, “Don’t let the past dictate who you are, but let it be a lesson that strengthens the person you will become.” Our past is our teacher, it gives us the lessons and experiences for our future. It shouldn’t be used to hold us back or stop us from where we’re going. The past isn’t who we are; it’s where we’ve been.

While I believe that one shouldn’t regret or dwell in the past; there is one that I deeply regret in my life. This regret is often called The Ultimate Tragedy.

My One True Regret:

This regret carved a large hole in my heart. 

It’s a void that could never be filled.

The emptiness inside is a cavity of nothingness.

A hollow despair trapped in the abyss.

This heartache that taunts my very being.

It’s an anguish that continues to shadow my consciousness.

The pain inside which pierces my soul.

A psyche lost in woes and misery.

I grieve in darkness with the loss of you.

Yearning to have you back in my arms.

Wishing to hold you ever so tight.

I’d give my last breath to give you life.

I think of you in every waking moment.

Wondering what your life could have been.

I hear your unspoken voice echoing in my heart.

It fills my eyes with uncried tears.

At times I feel lost and just gaze in repression.

This pain in my heart shall live forever in oppression.

Until the day of my last dying breath.

When you come for me and set me free.

The one regret I still hold onto is the regret of not having been a father to my Sophia. Until the day comes, visit daddy in his dreams. I Love You, Sophia!

Published by Joe Valentine

Hi! My pen name is Joe Valentine or JV for short. I started writing when I was in high school over 20 years ago. I haven't had the opportunity to pursue my love of writing for quite some time and I thought I'd try to start it up again. A few things I enjoy is poetry, mostly Shakespeare and most of his Tragic plays. I often feel the words speak to me every time I read them. I also enjoy reading other great poets with the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou to name a few. I hope to share my work and experiences through my blog and eventually try to be published--one can dream! So keep on dreaming until it becomes a reality!

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