On A Matter Of Loss

I am frequently left alone
with my thoughts.
Everyone has thoughts,
both good and bad.
In silence, thoughts that
feature, torment my mind
of guilt and loss.
Over-riding the good,
a battle of the mind,
gets the better of me,
a controlling boss.

Experiences that involve
painful and the mind is
Visions, aspirations and
blurred and marred.

For a loss in life,
is difficult to comprehend,
deal with, to repair
or mend.

I have had my fair share
of loss,
often reminded by something
I see and hear,
I have a sadness,
quietly or openly,
I cry,
lump in throat,
without a dry eye,
bringing about a tear.

I am not ashamed at crying and
I am a man.
Where there is a sense of loss,
I am sensitive and there should
be no criticism,
as to why or can.

I am opening my heart
to a love and pain of losing
something so dear,
being thoughtful of that,
does bring about a tear.
You certainly would not be
human to have no compassion
or feeling in mind.
I have come across those people,
cold, un-emotional,
stone faced,
certainly not that of my kind.

I cannot deny that I am sensitive
and very aware,
that it comes across.
My emotions are outward bound
and feelings strong,
for the love of life
and more so,
when there is a sense of loss.

Forgive me, for sharing my
thoughts or appearing sad.
My emotions, I am told,
emanate or stem from childhood
and experiences,
when a lad.

The child emotions are carried
forward into adulthood,
difficult to harness or contain.
I concentrate on the good and
to balance the varying emotions,
to include loss and guilt,
from being totally insane !!
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Submitted by victor_j on October 12, 2012

Modified on March 24, 2023

1:27 min read

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Closest metre Iambic trimeter
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Victor Gatenby

My name is Victor John Gatenby, born in 1958 and native of North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. I am a researcher of genealogy and started to write poetry in 2002, after retiring from public service. Having a creative and compassionate mind, for helping people, that is in my scope to do, I find that by writing poetry, not only expresses my life thoughts, but I feel, gives meaning and inspiration to others. Whether it be fictional or based on fact, the poetry I write will always be read differently and have a differing meaning from one person to the next. My aim is to give a pleasure to the reader without the poetry being too complex or deep, so as not to be understood or enjoyed. Much of my poetry is based upon life events and perceptions. I find that works well and I can draw upon my own experiences, to put into poetry, a literary art form.Those that read my poetry, I hope gain something from it and enjoy reading the same. At the same time, I am committed to contributing to Poetry.com and it's community, by reading the work of other's and appropriately recording constructive criticism and rating work, without prejudice. I expect my work to be critiqued also with respect and common sense. I have a zero tolerant attitude towards any inappropriate work, words, remarks etc.V J Gatenby (Author) more…

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