Monthly Poetry Playlist: No Regrets and Being Satified With Oneself

Poetry evokes so many emotions: There’s anger, hatred, sorrowfulness, gleefulness, contentment, and more, even with three simple verses, poetry is able to create a simple and/or complex world.

Since June is all about looking forward, new beginnings and the start of summer, the theme to end June and begin July should be No Regrets, as author Victoria Holt once said, ” Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.” Life is too short to worry about everything and live with regrets, here are four poems coupled with music for your viewing pleasure that share those sediments.

  1. The Road Not Taken By Robert Frost

To most, this poem is about individualism and not regretting “the road less travelled” and just moving forward, but when you look at the poem it’s about our indecisiveness as humans and yes, maybe the underlining meaning is for us to move forward and do everything we want without regrets but to me, its a joke or maybe a love letter to your future self. Wanting to do “too much” that you miss out one what most important, understanding that you may have regrets and you will make mistakes but what matters is how you deal with the after. Not What if, think of life as a journey, either way you’ll end up where you were meant to be. So there isn’t a Road Not Taken, there’s just a road that will lead you were always meant to travel so #LeaveWithNoRegrets

Song Recommendation: Chainsmokers & Coldplay- Something Just Like This

It might seem odd, but I feel as if this song blends the meaning of indecisiveness and taking risk.

 

2. Go by Ossip

Excerpt: It is their heartfelt advice:
You can’t let it hurt you.
You must let it hurt you.

#LivingALifeWithoutRegret Letting what happens, happen and remembering to absorb everything out of this life.

Song Recommendation: One Republic- I Lived

 

3. Dust if You Must by Rose Milligan (One of my favorites)

Excerpt:

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,

Old age will come and it’s not kind.

And when you go (and go you must)

You, yourself, will make more dust.

Make the most out of the time you have left, Milligan is telling the reader to be active in this life that you have “read, write, enjoy the small things and make mistakes because, in the end, everyone dies. It sounds really sad thinking about death, its so final which is what scares us, I think we get wrapped in “life” that we forget to “live” so live, do, and go without #Regrets

Song Recommendation: Edith Piaf- La Vie En Rose

4. My Doubt by Jane Hirshfield

What happens when you don’t live, when your life is filled doubt, self-loathing. and possible regret? Instead of ending with a poem about living and going for your goals, I think it’s best to end with a “What If” kind of poem and fearing but being content with doubt.

Song Recommendation: Varsity-So Sad, So Sad

Cool Finds
Check out the Living Haiku Anthropology for cool Haiku’s and Submissions

Check out Elegy +Department collective sonnets online by Kay Gabriel: ELEGY DEPARTMENT SPRING CANDY SONNETS 1  

 

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