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Paralyzed by indecision

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Below is the poem entitled Paralyzed by indecision which was written by poet Richard Lamoureux. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Paralyzed by indecision

Here I stand 
Not able to choose
When you get to an age
There is so much to lose

No time for rebuilding
If the choice goes wrong
That's why I've continued
On this path for so long

This isn't the first time
I have stood at this place
With the same decision
I didn't want to face

I wonder where I would be
If I had chosen the other road
Would I now be resting
Not carrying this heavy load?

I wish I knew the answer
Either way there is a cost
All that I have built
Or the future I have lost

Am I a coward
If I don't go the other way?
I want to listen to my gut
And what it has to say

My brain says continue 
Stay on the same one
It's not about me
I have a wife and son

So I remain paralyzed
Unable to choose
Back to the beginning 
Will I gain
Or will I lose


Written by Richard Lamoureux for; Standing at a Crossroad contest.



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  1. Date: 11/15/2012 11:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win in Gail's "Standing At A Crossroad" contest Richard. Love, Carol

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/15/2012 11:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Carol.
  1. Date: 11/11/2012 10:44:00 AM
    Congratulations in your wonderful win in Gail's contest,,, have a nice day Richard... xox~ pd

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 8:21:00 AM
    Congratulations Richard.... the path to right will be the path that you choose......Seren

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2012 8:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Seren, all paths should be aided by prayer. I haven't been steered wrong when I have asked for God's help.
  1. Date: 11/10/2012 4:03:00 AM
    Congratulations Richard, a well deserved win xx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2012 7:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much
  1. Date: 11/10/2012 3:13:00 AM
    congratulations on your win friend Richard..its an awesome poem..cheers!!!! (^_^) Maria

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2012 7:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I enjoyed yours as well.
  1. Date: 11/9/2012 8:51:00 PM
    CONGRATS RICHARD ON A FANTASTIC WRITE AND WIN LUV ..

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/10/2012 7:30:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for your kind words.
  1. Date: 11/8/2012 3:06:00 PM
    Wow, definately one of the most profound writes I have seen from you thus far. This is really deep... do you stay on the easy road or do you follow your gut? Such a hard question to find the answer to. I am one to always follow my gut though; we have one chance at this life we live, no moment should be put to waste. I hope you find your answers, Richard.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2012 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    If you read my response to Jack it will explain a bit more clearly. I am glad you liked it. I am very content at this time, just drew on past experience.
    Currin Avatar Anne Currin
    Date: 11/8/2012 3:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    If you haven't found them already!
  1. Date: 11/8/2012 10:29:00 AM
    A very honest statement for this universal feeling that after all is the checkpoint that keeps us fighting for best results, I think! Excellent write, Richard! Best wishes for the contest! :) Hanitra

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2012 12:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    We have many crossroads to navigate every day. Thanks Hanitra
  1. Date: 11/8/2012 6:17:00 AM
    It's probably no one who can answer Richard - You've made a choice that will surely be right for you. - As always a very good poem. - - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/9/2012 7:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I wish I could always say that but like most people I have gotten off track from time to time.
  1. Date: 11/8/2012 1:14:00 AM
    Great poem Rick, you have captured the mind and emotional conflict that one navigates in times of indecision. I wish u all the best in the choice u make...difficult whatever choice u make....Shaz

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2012 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shaz, not at a crossroad at this time just drawing on past experience.
  1. Date: 11/7/2012 6:39:00 PM
    Excellent approach to the contest..Reads like winning material to me..Good luck in the contest..Thanks for stopping by..Your presence at my work was uplifting..Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2012 7:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My pleasure Sara. Thanks for your visit as well.
  1. Date: 11/7/2012 2:47:00 PM
    Everyone will ultimately come to a fork in the road. One can only hope the path you intuitively choose is the right one. An excellent write, Richard. I like your straight, easy to read poetic style... we both are on the same path! Cheers!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2012 6:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much Jack. I am not at a fork currently but probably will be in 5 years when I am planning to retire. I am looking forward to whatever challenges that will be available to me at that time. Maybe I will write another book without the added interruption of daily work.
  1. Date: 11/7/2012 2:01:00 PM
    Good write, Richard. I say listen to your gut instinct as the Holy Spirit will guide you through there. Love the write. Very gentle and soft. Love ya, Toquyen

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2012 6:06:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good advice Toquyen, thanks for reading, see my above comment to Jack.
  1. Date: 11/7/2012 9:44:00 AM
    you ask the question, and i like you are indecision mode, but i really like the poem, because i can relate to it....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2012 6:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you like it, we are all faced with difficult decisions at different times in our lives. Sometime as we age we are more cautious. I am fine at this time but about 3 years ago I was at this crossroad and doing nothing proved to be the best decision. Now when I look back I could not be happier and I am in a good place heading towards retirement.