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I was the object of your affection,
Useful for a time;
Lost in the ritual of loving
The man I thought you were.
How much of me did I give you
In the gardens that tumbled over the wall?
In the home that was your castle
Where the inner layers of my being
Lay exposed, vulnerable and imperfect?

You took all that filled your own need
And left me devalued in humiliating silence
While you manipulated your scraps of power.
Your love was the fantasy of possessing
All that gives your existence meaning;
Your illusions trampled the passion
Tenderness and trust that was yours alone.                                              

With what do you fill the hollow inner spaces
Of your being?  Hiding behind the mask of greed;
Unwilling or unable to grasp the anguish 
Of those who bear the consequence
Of your flawed decisions.
Those who have no choice; the victims
That get in the way of your eagerness
To continue your dance
With the harlots of commerce.

And I am alone,
With the whispers of deprivation and denial.
Processing the pain of what I am
Who I was and what I might become
Between the no longer and the not yet,
Can I run fast enough to be me again
In this world where the mirage of being
Becomes ever more elusive?

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  1. Date: 11/27/2013 1:25:00 AM
    Hi Liz, Thank you for spreading and sharing your kindness. You know me I’ will always enjoy stopping by with love and support, no matter if I do not Understand what I am reading at times. I am very grateful and thankful to all who have been supportive of me one way or another. Your heartfelt words are the main attraction of who you are… Thanks for your inspiring visit. ----- Happy Thanksgiving ~ LINDA

  1. Date: 6/23/2013 8:23:00 AM
    Nicely done Liz ;}

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 9:19:00 PM
    I enjoyed your well deserved venting. I hope you gained some relief in writing this.... Otherwise you wasted a perfectly fine poem telling someone what for! Great writing ..... Jake

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 10:06:00 AM
    It's called corruption, manipulation, autocracy of selfishness and nothing else. Wonderful way to express "Regret", my friend. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 10/28/2012 9:01:00 PM
    A poem of real tragic life, i feel. Nicely expressed. Loved always, bl

  1. Date: 10/20/2012 6:48:00 PM
    A spectacular piece of free verse... '...with what do you fill the hollow inner spaces?' I wonder, too. '...the fantasy of possessing' is what drives these unscrupulous beings to their unspeakable acts, and leave their victims devastated. Excellent work!! Love, Keith

  1. Date: 9/16/2012 8:01:00 PM
    Remarkable insight into the pains of lost love....I love the line: "Can I run fast enough to be me again"....impressive write! Hugs

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 8:57:00 PM
    Excellent write which I've almost missed my dear friend, Elizabeth! I love it! Thanks for sharing! luv, Leonora

  1. Date: 9/15/2012 9:47:00 AM
    A passionate verse pulling at the heart strings of life. Cynthia

  1. Date: 9/13/2012 10:31:00 AM
    the tone and experiential approach of this stirring gift is a mellow and sad experience, lizzie... but what is most amazing about this write is the energy you have captured in a most reflective way... lovely!..:) hugggs!

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 10:35:00 PM
    An impressive write. You have such deep descriptiveness in the wording of this entry.

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 9:58:00 PM
    I probably read this one before. It's SO GOOD, Elizabeth. You must have a hundred comments. Mine is no longer visible underneath here!!! GET WRITING more POEMS!!!

  1. Date: 9/11/2012 12:46:00 PM
    the thing i dig most about this site is people write me comments that are beyone complimentary and actually sound heartfelt, meanwhile they can write rings around me...dont' believe a poem of mine JEFFRY COHAN PHREEPOETREE ~free cee!~ and then compare it to the ya see what i mean? WRITE on girl! yours in the universe's wonders ~free cee!~

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 8:28:00 PM
    Elizabeth; this is an awesome poem. I loved itfrom start to finish. Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day. Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 8:06:00 PM
    I've had some regrets to. Right into the kiss my putuna contest.

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 8:01:00 AM
    WOW Elizabeth, this is both sad and cathartic for you .Last stanza is so real for me , I get your line 'can I run fast enough to be me again.' Hugs going your way!!!! Anne Soup mail.

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 7:43:00 AM
    Very great pain you've painted so vividly! Wonderful (though terribe) emotional heights/depths traversed in the space of a 'few' lines... Terry (thank you for your kind words/comments... though compared to your work, undeserved...)

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 12:06:00 AM
    Beautiful expression of deeper feelings Elizabeth. The poem is truly rich in words and emotions. Hats off to you as always. Dalila

  1. Date: 9/7/2012 3:04:00 PM
    You have a remarkable gift at tale telling, dear Elize. Yes, I am around, paying frequent visits to you, as much as I can. I hope to post more poems soon

  1. Date: 9/5/2012 11:59:00 PM
    Just beautiful....It says so much! That last stanza just wraps it up so nice! Whew.... :o) X-celent write... Hard to smile after that one.