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Regret River

When I think of regret, its like a very cold river
At first I was ankle deep, now neck-in my body shiver
How fast I'm being pulled by the current adds to my torment
Pity, Revulsion, Anger came to surface after years of being dormant
In order to survive
Myself I must revive
My soul I can no longer disguise
Nor hide
The River of Regret is now in high tide
A rock of guilt just crashed into my side
It is a deadly sin to feel pride
So I counter it by feeling arrogance inside
Tired of running from pain, I slow my pace and my stride
The end of the race, I come face to face with myself
My heart will never be advertised on a shelf
But I've yet to cleanse my soul of regret
Not just one, no, more like a set
I regret ever lying
Embracing the idea of dying
To every girl I ever cheated
Ever boy I ever beated
My thievery
Being tricky
Being sneaky
Alone all weepy
Oh my God, creepy
Who ever thought being in a river carried away made me so sleepy
By stealth
The devil attempts to take my health
Bad imsomnia, with asthma, bad cardiac
Signs of a heart attack
I want my sanity back
My backbone is gone, feel like a rat
What kind of stuff is that
I also regret hating being black
I regret hating everything:my mother
My brother
All 3 of us hated each other
My father
Why bother
He did his job
So I don't regret sticking to him like corn to a cob
Like glue to paper
My poems are the best way I make good use of paper
Whether I weigh a thousand pounds or stand 10 feet tall
Regret River rushes me to a waterfall
Now I roll like a bowling ball
One thing I don't regret, however, is trying to be the best I can be
They'll never know my worth until I R.I.P.......

Copyright © Richard-Jamaal Keen

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  1. Date: 7/13/2010 9:12:00 PM
    This one was so personal. I liked it even better than the other one. Great introspective poetry. I am sure sorry about your health. ARen't you still pretty young? I hope you can overcome all those health problems! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 5:54:00 PM
    You're are soooo talented, little Brother! Enjoyed reading this so much I had to read it twice! "To be the best I can be" That's what we all should strive for, Richard Jamaal. SM I hope it works 'cause I can't tell the last time it did! If it doesn't, email me at, ok? Thanks for the comments left on my, "A Soft Kiss"... love, your big sister, Audrey

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 3:23:00 PM
    Bad about regrets...Glad that you have tried to be the best that you can be..Keep the creative pen flowing..Sara

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 12:58:00 PM
    What a blessing we have in PoetrySoup. A place to come to write and read and make new friends along the ink trail. I am wishing you a day full of inspiration. I enjoyed reading your poetry today and hope to read many more written by you in the future Richard. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 10:13:00 AM
    Very good work!!!!!!!!!!! I think this is the best i have came through today!!!!!!!!! Best of luck!!!!!!!! Keep it up!!!!!! Vrushani!!!