On my way to work I reflect
on that sinking feeling
caused by rebuttal.
Harsh words, angry emotions
fuelled by personal perspective.
A bias perhaps – or a prejudice?
This residue remains
like stale ground dregs, dark and impervious.

Reflecting on my life’s purpose,
I’ve come to understand
the art of friendship.
Careless, callous temper
fuelled by selfishness and ego
play no part in Shakespeare’s Seven Stages
of Man’s theatrical journey.
Acts now done are now done,
leaving behind their sad corollary.

I’ll use the anaphora technique
to quell this errancy
and lighten ethos.
This pathos and poignancy
fuelled by aftermath and regret,
will leave, and leave me to pay the piper.
His tune I’ll value more –
his tune I’ll emulate
his tune I’ll ameliorate.

About this poem

I made a mistake and regretted the harsh words I had said to my friend.

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Submitted by susannaelliott on April 10, 2024

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 780
Words 141
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 8, 9, 9

Susanna Elliott-Newth

Susanna is a teacher, living near the coastal fringes of the Illawarra Coastline in NSW, Australia. Her environment is her stimulus for her writing. She has published four books of short stories, as well as her own memoir book, and writes educational resources for teachers. more…

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Discuss the poem Belonging with the community...

  • Jojofomo
    Haunting, a mirror for me to reflect on. Good words.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • crucifiedinhim2
    I like the flow and the remorse, well written
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • robertl.92681
    like it very much ,it says all that needs to be said
    LikeReply1 month ago


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