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One Regret - Italian Sonnet

Now walking through the autumn of my life
Where maple leaves have turned from green to gold
I watch them fall in breezes turning cold
In a whirl-wind of harmony and strife
And I ponder, on the fact that I might
In the light, as another day unfolds
Have like these dying autumn leaves, grown old
Slow, spiralling toward the pending night

Moss grows along the path where I now step
That rocky road now softened by the years
Seeing for the first time, so crystal clear
That I will leave this life with one regret
This vision, that these old eyes now behold
Those blazing  flames, when autumn leaves let go. 

Written:  February 22, 2016
Elaine Cecelia George, of Canada

Copyright © Elaine George | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 5/16/2016 9:40:00 AM

    I am not a sentimental man...Far from it. No sir - I am not! But this wonderful poem has moved me deeply! I only have two poems in my favourite list...With this one this now makes three. Truly quite lovely...And so very poignant. My very best regards to you, Elaine...As always. Your friend. :) john P.s This is the second time I have visited this charming little poem...and it is still a seven+
  1. Date: 5/5/2016 3:09:00 PM

    I am back to revisit this fave of mine Elaine. I hope you are well. Hugs, Connie
  1. Date: 4/4/2016 6:55:00 PM

    This poem, so melancholy and filled with such a somber mood, is one which I can relate, Elaine. I often pinch myself, and wonder how all these years could have found me here so soon, walking in the autumn of my life. How can we not feel some regrets. But mostly satisfaction, I hope !! Lovely work!
  1. Date: 3/30/2016 6:37:00 PM

    You have an amazing sonnet. Elaine, a strong and solid end. I get the message. Love lINDA
  1. Date: 3/24/2016 10:42:00 AM

    This flowed so smoothly, painting a somber yet breathtakingly beautiful stroll. Not everyone is blessed with longevity and great quality of life as well. A 7...
  1. Date: 3/23/2016 7:46:00 PM

    I can see why this one is in he top 100. Bravo!
  1. Date: 3/23/2016 3:34:00 PM

    I love this sonnet, Elaine; I too am walking along that same path, and I can relate to this one regret of yours...that's why I am touched especially by the final line! ~ Regards // paul
  1. Date: 3/20/2016 6:46:00 PM

    Dear Elaine Love the beauty in these lines of excellence, simply wonderful work, glad I stopped by to read both of these pieces tonight, thanks for the inspiration, and also for your kind words of praise for my work as well, cheri
  1. Date: 3/20/2016 3:03:00 PM

    very nice. a few near rhymes, but i'm learning that it's okay to loosen up a bit. just starting to appreciate sonnets
  1. Date: 3/20/2016 2:19:00 PM

    A beautiful sonnet, those of us who enter the Autumn of life pause to reflect on what was and what could have been, yet walk towards the coming Winter with the knowledge that what is comes from the path we choose as the snow slowly falls on our life, may there be no regrets for who we have been and are.
  1. Date: 3/20/2016 2:27:00 AM

    So beautiful! Going to favorites.
  1. Date: 3/17/2016 2:23:00 PM

    I think you will have a wonderful, colorful vision of light. No regrets, Elaine, you are special. Love, daver
  1. Date: 3/17/2016 1:01:00 PM

    Melancholy...but at the same time very lovely. Beautifully expressed, Elaine...most beautifully expressed indeed! My very best regards...And warmest wishes. :) john P.s A seven.
  1. Date: 3/15/2016 9:08:00 AM

    stunning mood and imagery, dear elaine... you left me in awe.. huggs
  1. Date: 3/5/2016 5:17:00 PM

    Your poetry leaves one spellbound Elaine, beautiful and a joy to read...
  1. Date: 3/4/2016 8:55:00 PM

    Hi Elaine, Wow, what an excellent poem.. the metaphor of the yellow maple leaf is extraordinaryily touching. Very skillful use of iambic pentameter, as well, so well done! Cheers, Brian
  1. Date: 2/27/2016 10:22:00 PM

    I am so happy you reposted this breathtaking poem Elaine. I must have commented on this gem Elaine because I think I remember how much I loved it. I am faving this! #7 ; )
  1. Date: 2/26/2016 6:54:00 AM

    This is lovely, Elaine. An easy seven for me.
  1. Date: 2/26/2016 12:23:00 AM

    Simply lovely, articulate rhyme and absorbing content, worthy of prolonged reflection.
  1. Date: 2/25/2016 8:00:00 PM

    You really should enter contests, dear. I have no time to see new poets' poems lists but I often can make a bit of time to see winner lists and I'd love to see your poems on them!!
  1. Date: 2/25/2016 3:50:00 AM

    packed with descriptive images that make autumn and life so elaborate in glory and poignancy, elaine.. huggs
  1. Date: 2/25/2016 1:55:00 AM

    What a tender, nostalgic and entreating write. My favorite line: "Slow, spiraling toward the pending night." We scarcely noticed such things when we were young.
  1. Date: 2/24/2016 3:46:00 AM

    A beautiful write, Elaine, which I will be delighted to fave again. T.J
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 5:47:00 PM

    so sorry you lost this one, dear, and it's SO nice. Was it supposed to be in that one contest for Mystic?? It does not fit the theme, but coincidentally it is Italian sonnet same as Elizabeth Browing's sonnet!
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 3:18:00 PM

    I will fav it again, it's that good xxxx
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 10:35:00 AM

    Absolutely beautiful! You have some real talent. Have a good day and God bless!
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 9:33:00 AM

    A beautiful piece that casts a clear reflection upon the nature of our aging and regret. I am entering my "winter" of regret and now pine for the "autumn" once again.!
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 8:13:00 AM

    Elaine, this is beauty in 14 lines. Reading works like this always makes me stop and remember to appreciate the moment. A fine sonnet. It's in my favs.
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 8:09:00 AM

    A lovely sonnet.. I really struggle with sonnets, I do not know why.. I am not one for meter.. but, every time I write one, I am never happy with it..
  1. Date: 2/23/2016 7:55:00 AM

    This is great!!! One of these days I'm going to be able to write sonnets like this. Simply beautiful. Elaine. A7 for sure