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Below is the poem entitled WASTED TIME which was written by poet Colleen Bono. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The time that I have wasted is my biggest regret,
spent in these places I will never forget.
Just sitting and thinking of the things I have done,
the crying,the laughing,the hurt and the fun.

Now it's just me and my hard driven guilt,
behind a wall of emptiness I allowed to be built.
I'm trapped in my body,just wanting to run,
back to my youth with it's laughter and fun.

But the chase is over and there's no place to hide,
everything is gone,including my pride.
With reality suddenly right in my face,
I am scared and alone and stuck in this place.

Now memories of the past flash through my head,
and the pain is obvious by the tears that I shed.
I ask myself why and where I went wrong,
I guess I was weak when I should have been strong.

Living for the days and the wings I had grown,
my feelings were lost,afraid to be shown.
As I look at my past it's so easy to see,
the fear that I had,afraid to be me.

I pretended to be rugged so fast and so cool,
when actually I was lost like a blinded old fool.
I'm getting to old for this tiresome game,
of acting real hard with no sense of shame.

It's time that I change and get on with my life,
fulfilling my dreams to be a better mother and wife.

                     COLLEEN MARIE BONO

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  1. Date: 4/25/2011 9:56:00 AM
    This stirs up a lot of powerful resonance in me Colleen. I enjoyed several other of you poems upon which I did not comment.

  1. Date: 8/21/2010 10:30:00 PM
    Thank you for your comments on my poem,I will have to check ouy some over yours when i get a chance.

  1. Date: 8/21/2010 8:38:00 PM
    This was excellent! I completely love your title and I was able to read through this quickly and still enjoy it because of the flow. Love and completely understand and have lived through your message. Congratulations on getting an honourable mention!

  1. Date: 8/21/2010 6:09:00 PM
    Congrats on the win, Colleen

  1. Date: 8/20/2010 5:39:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Colleen in Constance ~A Rambling Poet's~ contest "A Road Less Travelled~~". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/19/2010 7:54:00 PM
    Congrats Colleen on your HM in Constance's contest with this awesome write ..enjoy your special honor tonight..with luv..ciao..

  1. Date: 8/18/2010 3:32:00 PM
    I think this is a wonderful poem, are you sure you entered it in the right contest??

  1. Date: 4/13/2010 6:12:00 PM
    Hi ya Colleen. Thanks for the comment. This is a fine write here in that you are explaining yourself very well and in a poetic manner to boot! Well done lady Colleen!- Robert

  1. Date: 4/1/2010 12:09:00 PM
    Was over at Andrea's place and saw your name and comment when I realized I had never read your writing ... my bad .... smile ... Well, Welcome to PoetrySoup anyway ... guess you've been here for awhile and there are so many new folks its hard to keep up. This is an awesome write here, Colleen and filled with feelings many of us have had ... well, I know I have. Thanks for bringing your talents to PoetrySoup!!

  1. Date: 3/31/2010 4:56:00 PM
    The emotion comes through your words in this poeom. Nice use of rhyme. We all have our regrets. It's what one does this day forward that really matters. Like the sense of hope in the last stanza. Thank you for sharing your poem with us and for your kind words on mine. Happy Easter! Karen

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 7:39:00 PM
    Yes, and you will. It is time to stop all that self accusation, it serves no purpose. Look at what is right in front of our eyes, especially the people who surrounds, our family. That is where to start indeed. Great write again, Colleen. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes, Caroline.

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 7:23:00 PM
    Nice rhymes Colleen in this poem, and it shows a lot of soul searching, and a knowldege. Awesome job, Colleen. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 10:04:00 AM
    Enjoyed reading your poetry today Colleen. I wish you the best always in your writing endeavors whatever they may be. Hoping you have a wonderful week filled with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/30/2010 4:21:00 AM
    Good job on the topic of being onself...I hope that you can be yourself with the desire to improve on the bad and encourage the good that you find..Keep the creative pen flowing. Sara

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 6:04:00 PM
    Colleen, this beautiful rhyming couplet poem is full of introspections. It is very well written and it speaks from the heart. Introspection is the first step to finding and fulfilling your dreams. God be with you as you seek your happy future. Smiles, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 4:22:00 PM
    Also, I'm not sure if you're aware but I gave you an Honorable mention in my "I Feel Terrible" blog. You may want to check it out. Best Wishes Always, Bill

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 4:20:00 PM
    Now this is what I love to see from you Colleen. This is proof that you have tapped in to that hidden strength that I always knew you possessed. Sorry I haven't been around for a while to comment on your work. I too struggle with constant bouts with the demon depression. It's been giving me quite a run for my money lately. Please don't ever think that I am ignoreing you. I'm just preoccupied fighting the demon as well. Best Wishes always, Bill

  1. Date: 3/29/2010 3:13:00 PM
    Colleen, this is a quite fantastic rhyme. You have told us about you, in you wonderful words. This poetry is a good foundation for your tomorrow > i so look forward to reading more and more of your work >> James