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All Regrets

All regrets, in every backward flashback
leave bitter tastes like remorseful morsels
  left drowning in your tear welled eyes
    each day was longer and lower
      lower and loathing
        exposed naked in clothing
           open and empty without your

All regrets, in every backward flashback
chisel names on tombstone with unforgivable clarity
   leaving unbearable burials beneath these wretched feet
      reincarnated daily sleighing me repeatedly with growing fervor
         fervor and hate
            filthy face washed over in angst
              closed off from safety and salvation without your

All regrets, in every backward flashback
grimacing sneers returned in mirrors like evil staring contests
    every showdown lost in landslide fashion, reflection laughing
       devoured each hour as they slip by consuming
          consuming and draining
             worlds worth of words and deeds beyond explaining
                I'm only half as good and partially whole without your
   Inspired by Mr. Michael Jordan's "Untwisted" contest

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  1. Date: 10/15/2009 5:42:00 AM
    I felt this way monthes ago Steve but now I am much stronger, always nice to get the forgiveness of others before going to the altar. I hope you can forgive me for my past actions at the soup. Have a wonderful, blessed day, Lucinda

  1. Date: 4/27/2009 3:57:00 PM
    How quickly the days pass with "every showdown lost in landslide fashion," Steve. There is so much truth in this sad but compelling reflection on the brevity of life. And I've always believed the ability to forgive defines a person's true character. Love the last two lines. Great work!

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 7:56:00 PM
    Very original styling ... all the best in the contest ... it is a poem enshrining cyclic beauty ... I love the repititons

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 4:29:00 PM
    This is truly genius. I love your stanza form (the last words making the theme: trusting understanding forgiveness) and I love your cadence. "Exposed naked in clothing" is going on one of my favorite quotes of all time.

  1. Date: 4/22/2009 8:23:00 AM
    Wow, the last line is most thought provoking. What exactly is this all about, so the reader wonders. So much pain and anguish in your every line. You are still suffering dearly, tormented it seems, from some past experience. I am thinking of my own inner turmoil voiced in one of my latest writes, and the learning to forgive yourself first thing. Well, always Steve, your writing is superior, to say the least. Warmest wishes and good luck. Love, Shar