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The storms are raging on the rollin' sea, and on the highway of regret Yes, I played around, was unfaithful to you, I'd change it all you bet. I truly loved you with all my heart, but I tried to act all cool I'd stay out partying all night long and now realise I was just a fool. I'd get in, go straight to bed and stay in there till noon You'd come in from work as I was going out and I'd say "I'll see you soon" I went to a seedy club one night, when I should have been home in bed Your sister tracked me down that night, I'll never forget what she said. "Susan has taken an overdose and she's been rushed to A and E" Those words were like an electric shock and it was all because of me We finally got to the hospital and I was in such a terrible state. All your family were there crying by your bed and I knew we were too late. Your dad said "John you're not welcome here and its best that you leave, Please don't come to her funeral and find somewhere else to grieve". I went back to our empty house and I just broke down and cried And it hit me that the way that I'd treated you is the reason why you died. I spiralled downhill very fast and quickly turned to drink My mind was in a turmoil; I couldn't focus to even think I lost our house and all my friends and I was sleeping rough I wanted to end my useless life because I'd had enough. Folk at a local church took pity on me and slowly I got well I found some purpose with my life and escaped my living hell I still have some bad days though and I know I'm not there yet And on those bad days I slowly walk on that highway of regret. Written February 12th 2020. For Poetic lines 3 - love Songs Poetry Contest. Sponsored By Silent One. ( The first line of this poem-The storms are raging on the rollin' sea and on the highway of regret is from the song- Make you feel my love and the credit goes to the writer of the song- Bob Dylan ).

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Date: 3/16/2020 11:56:00 AM
You are skilled at narrative poetry, Tom, for sure! Congrts [and I can relate all too well to traveling that highway of regret.]
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Date: 3/16/2020 12:38:00 PM
Thank you L. J., you're not alone, I think many of us have at some point been on that highway. Tom
Date: 3/15/2020 7:56:00 AM
A spectacular write and one of the very best I've read for this contest, Tom:-) Congratulations on your well-deserved win!
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Date: 3/15/2020 8:14:00 AM
Thank you very much Edward, I'm happy you liked it. It didn't take much inspiration, I've been a big fan of Bob Dylan for about 44 years. Stay safe. Tom
Date: 3/13/2020 8:14:00 AM
I apologize for not reading this sooner, Tom. It's wonderfully insightful and filled with sorrowful regret...worthy of a 1st place finish instead of being relegated to 2nd among so many others. Yeah, it's that good! Hugs for you.
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Date: 3/13/2020 8:58:00 AM
merci, mon ami
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 3/13/2020 8:24:00 AM
Thank you very much Lin, coming from a top poet like you it means a lot. I hope you are keeping well, stay safe. Tom
Date: 2/23/2020 8:00:00 AM
- Congratulations on your winning poem, Tom :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/23/2020 9:25:00 AM
Thank you Anne, hope you're well. Tom
Date: 2/23/2020 5:38:00 AM
People are so quickly shunned, thats what makes them worse and they spiral further out of control.. but there is always someone who can save them... great take on the line.. Congratulations on your placement in the contest..
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Date: 2/23/2020 5:59:00 AM
Thank you S. O, it was interesting to see other poets interpretations of the line, it was an enjoyable contest. Thank you for hosting. Tom
Date: 2/18/2020 9:11:00 AM
Another hard-hitting poem/story Tom, a lass who wasted her time on a waster, what a waste of a young life . . .
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Date: 2/18/2020 9:42:00 AM
Thanks Indiana, sadly you hear of cases like that where they hang on expecting things to change but they never do with tragic consequences. Tom
Date: 2/17/2020 11:09:00 PM
A very sad, beautiful write Tom, there are some things in life that can never be taken back once done or said. A great poem. Blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 2/18/2020 5:59:00 AM
Thank you Jennifer that is so true, regrets are baggage you don't need. Tom
Date: 2/16/2020 1:49:00 PM
Fantastic piece Tom. I pronounce this a winner! Too many give up on lost souls who fall prey to demon rum, so to speak. The recovery stories are never told. Friends and family have thrown in the towel on those struggling. That's an even sadder story. Best wishes. Panagiota xx
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Date: 2/17/2020 2:52:00 AM
Thank you Panagiota, we all make big mistakes as we go through life, we should learn from them. We all deserve a second chance. Tom
Date: 2/16/2020 7:01:00 AM
Brilliant story telling and poetry my friend. You weave the story in such exceptional and creative depths and flow.A fav and a true gem too.
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Date: 2/16/2020 1:41:00 PM
Thank you very much Robert, your comments are much appreciated. Tom
Date: 2/15/2020 10:39:00 AM
This is beyond excellent. I pray it was not a personal experience Tom. Blessings Rick.
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Date: 2/15/2020 10:50:00 AM
Thank you very much Richard, no thankfully, it's a fictional write. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 2/15/2020 7:30:00 AM
Wow, this is unbelievable. Just so powerful, for sure. Very well written. Excellent poem Tom. :)
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Date: 2/15/2020 8:44:00 AM
Thank you very much Heidi, I'm happy you liked it. Tom
Date: 2/15/2020 3:08:00 AM
Tom your poem is so well written with excellent flow and rhyme, and as it took me along that highway of regret it was so sad, yet often so true. Good luck with the contest Tom. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Date: 2/15/2020 5:25:00 AM
Thank you Ann, Yes sadly I've heard of stories like that too. Don't go for a walk today you might take off lol Tom
Date: 2/14/2020 7:37:00 PM
wow... this is a powerful write Tom...I see this line really inspired your muse... wonderful penning! Happy Valentine's day and best wishes in the contest... hugs
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Date: 2/15/2020 5:14:00 AM
Thank you very much Sandra, I love that song and thankfully my muse sang along with me. Have a lovely weekend. Tom
Date: 2/14/2020 2:44:00 AM
Oh Tom, I loved your version of building a poem from Dylan's quote from his song. I chose the same line. This is a sad story and one that is definitely regretful. Wonderfully composed Tom. I am sure it will be a top winner! xxoo
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Date: 2/14/2020 3:24:00 AM
Thank you very much Connie, I'm happy you like it. I must have been on your page when you were on mine lol. Tom.
Date: 2/13/2020 9:32:00 AM
Tom, Very intuitive and powerful write from John's first person perspective on the consequences of life..reminds me of the passage "there but for the grace of God go I". Very well written and profound. I know Bob would approve with two fingered salute. -Richard
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Date: 2/13/2020 12:01:00 PM
Thank you Richard, sadly it happens a lot, some people dont grow up until its too late. You probably guessed, my favourite musician. Hope youre well. Tom
Date: 2/13/2020 12:33:00 AM
Great poem and sadly too realistic. Well done Tom!
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Date: 2/13/2020 1:41:00 AM
Thanks Lisa, a tragic story you often hear about. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 8:36:00 PM
G'day Tom … plenty of travellers on the highway to regret Tom, and all have the invisible conscience sitting on their shoulder - thanks Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 2/12/2020 9:17:00 PM
Thanks Lindsay, Some struggle with heavy burdens for sure, life must be a real.struggle. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 7:30:00 PM
Well written Tom
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Date: 2/12/2020 9:15:00 PM
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Date: 2/12/2020 2:14:00 PM
- A story that grabs my heart, Tom - So terribly sad ... good luck in the contest :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/12/2020 4:27:00 PM
Thank you. Anne., certainly not an uncommon story. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 2:02:00 PM
Just a great conception -- The Highway of Regret -- and you executed it so well, Tom. Very much enjoyed! Thanks, Gershon
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Date: 2/12/2020 4:25:00 PM
Thanks very much Gershon, happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 9:27:00 AM
This is so powerful Tom--you describe some, whose lives parallel the scenes you depicted--a story true to real life always tugs the heart. Excellent-- a sure win for you.
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Date: 2/12/2020 11:06:00 AM
Thank you very much Vijay, I've heard of tragic stories like that and some leave it too late and spend the rest of their lives in regret. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 8:27:00 AM
WoW! Tom, This is an excellent entry for the contest theme. You nailed it! This poignant write brought me to tears. I think you’ve just penned your way on the winner’s list. No need to wish you luck. Enjoy the rest of your day:-) Alexis
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Date: 2/12/2020 8:38:00 AM
Thank you very much Alexis, was only going to do three verses but muse kept firing at me lol Hope alls well. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 7:54:00 AM
A powerful and poignant write Tom
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Date: 2/12/2020 8:05:00 AM
Thank you Joseph, had to go for that one, my favorite musician. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 6:29:00 AM
Wow, you have this down pat. A chill runs up the spine.
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Date: 2/12/2020 6:37:00 AM
Thanks very much Kim, a story you often hear. Tom
Date: 2/12/2020 3:48:00 AM
Powerful and emotional writing that shakes the core of one's consciousness my friend , Tom! Excellent entry! Good luck my friend!
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Tom Cunningham
Date: 2/12/2020 3:51:00 AM
Thank you very much Demetrios. Tom
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