I caught Sorrow in the shadows
As I was passing by;
He kept begging me to save him,
But I did not reply.

I saw Anger on the corner.
I did not let him cross,
And so he sat and waited there,
Completely at a loss.

Regret was in an alley,
Searching high and low.
I let him search all by himself,
For what I do not know.

I met Hope right on my doorstep
And bade her come inside
To be the partner of my heart
And in my heart reside.

111 thoughts on “Particular

  1. I really like how you show control. Amazing how you weave your poems into real life!

    1. Hehe I only wish I had that much control in real life, but practice makes perfect, I hope. πŸ˜‰

      1. I think writing about it shows that you have something going on. But I love how it is written- mind if I come out with something similar? – Just inspired πŸ˜€

        1. Write to your heart’s content. To inspire others is one of the primary goals of my writing. πŸ™‚

          1. Awesome πŸ˜€

  2. I love these poems you do about meeting the different aspects of life as if they were beings…this is particullarly dear to me as many have passed my way…sometimes I’ve let them come in over the years, fortunately I was also able to bid them to go on their own way.

    1. They will always creep into our lives, but as long as we know the choices we have, we can ask them to stay or ask them to go. Much easier said than done, unfortunately.

      1. Ah yes, true, they will and its good when they pass on, eventually.

  3. Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet's Library and commented:
    It’s good to be prticular as to who you let into you life…

  4. That is an empowering perspective. But can we really evade Sorrow, Anger and Regret as we move on life’s pathways? What perspective should we hold when these aspects get pushed onto us by circumstances and folks around us?


    1. It is not about evasion. Negative emotions will inevitably come into our lives, but we can choose to walk away from them. There will be days of great sorrow, anger, and regret, unfortunate products of circumstance that we may find ourselves unable to walk away from, but we should always keep hope closest to our hearts and know that these stormy days will pass when we have the confidence to let them go.

      1. Thank you. That is a great perspective.


  5. Another week of fab poems – I always look forward to you dropping into my inbox πŸ™‚

    1. Aww, that is so sweet of you to say and makes me very happy.:D

  6. The positive attribute is endearing…. accepting hope and discarding others. Lovely write.

    1. Hope is good for the heart. πŸ™‚

    1. Hehe you are too kind. πŸ™‚

  7. Very nice. I always enjoy reading your suff

    1. Aw, I am so happy you enjoy reading what I have to offer. πŸ™‚

  8. I love this, I have tweeted a link to it πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so happy you thought it was tweet-worthy. πŸ™‚

  9. Beautiful and wise, as always, it reminded me a little bit of William Blake.

    1. You are too kind, as always. πŸ™‚

  10. Great write, Sonya! I like how this poem quite shows that whatever life brings, there is always a choice to be happeh. (: I like it a loooot.


    1. Ahhh it is so heartening that you understand so well the choices we have in making our own happiness. πŸ™‚

  11. Hope really is the best choice!

  12. Love this!!!!!! Particularly the last verse.. It just all comes together so beautifully. Fantastic writing πŸ™‚

    1. Too generous and kind, despite your claims that you are not, yes you are. πŸ˜›

      1. Hahaha.. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  13. Awww so nicely said and wise choice too:) you always manage to transport us…we are right by your side on this journey when I read your poems. Cheryl-Lynn

    1. To transport someone with my words is a privilege and an honor. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. πŸ™‚

      1. Cubby, I don’t think you realize how great a poet you are. Reading your poems has made me love poetry again…seeing it can be beautiful AND I understand the words!

        1. You don’t know how much that means to me. It is always my heartfelt wish for my words to be understood by my readers. If there is greatness, it is with my readers and their willingness to accept my words into their hearts and minds.

          1. Well, you are bang on that, Cubby:) Namaste, Cheryl-Lynn

    1. Lol methinks a tad hyperbolic but the sentiment is much appreciated. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad you thought so. πŸ™‚

  14. Love this Cubby, i have been liking your stuff from my phone but not got the hang of commenting from it lol. You have a good following now and it’s well deserved your a wonderful writer x

    1. Yeah, leaving comments is really wonky on different devices. It is always so nice to see your wonderful face on my blog. πŸ™‚

  15. watchingmeditatingtruth September 29, 2013 — 4:21 am

    Hi Cubby. I like this musical poem πŸ™‚

    1. Hello! I’m so glad you enjoyed this. πŸ™‚

  16. It would be wonderful if we could so deftly avoid those negative emotions. I wish they were as visible as that, as concrete, but they come invisibly. Keeping hope is a good defense. I like positive poetry like this. Nice!

    1. I do not believe our eyes are the only source of visibility. Negative emotions are very palpable. A scent may be invisible to our eyes, but it is “visible” to our sense of smell, capable of being perceived, and just as anger, sorrow, and regret may be invisible to our eyes, they are perceptible in other ways. We may not be able to avoid them, just as we cannot avoid smells that waft into the room, but we can choose to walk away from them.

  17. Love the perspective of the poem. Just that I invited them all since they all part of me and that silly heart of mine.
    Thank you.

    1. Negative emotions can be a part of us some of the time, but should never be a part of us all of the time. Glad you liked the perspective of this poem. πŸ™‚

  18. Great choice. Wonderful poem. Thanks for writing.

    1. And thank you so much for reading. πŸ™‚

  19. Fabulous. Perfect in every way. Choices.

    1. Yes, life is all about choices isn’t it. πŸ˜‰

  20. Beautiful…:)

  21. AMEN!!! Job well done! What an incredibly powerful message Cubby! I look forward to more of your “message packed poems!” You are truly gifted! Blessings, Deborah

    1. Hehe I’m glad you like the message in the poem. My poems don’t always have a strong message, but I am glad the ones that do can be felt by my readers. Thank you so very much for your kind words. πŸ™‚

  22. That was lovely Cubby, inspiring too. I sure would love to be able to drown sorrows in its own shadow, put anger at a loss and leave regret high and dry on it own πŸ™‚ Sounds nice.

    1. You managed to capture the essence of 3 of my stanzas in one beautifully poetic sentence. Very nice! πŸ™‚

  23. Like a more accepting Emily Dickinson : )

  24. It really is all about the choices we make. Wonderful!

    1. Yes, all about choices…like whether to have chocolate for breakfast or peanut butter. πŸ˜‰

  25. One of the things I love about your poems is that they’re not only beautifully written, but they convey great messages as well.

    1. Haha not always, but maybe sometimes. Thank you kindly for your generous words. πŸ™‚

  26. If we live long enough, we will all experience Sorrow and Regret. Hope is a positive feeling we hang on to. Anger, is a negative reaction to circumstances and should always be let go.
    Cubby, lovely expression of life’s emotions!

    1. Yes, the “if” in your first sentence is heartbreaking but true. Regret is something that usually settles in over many years. Thank you for your thoughts. πŸ™‚

  27. now that was incredible!!! reowr!!!

    1. Lol I got a reowr? Very cool! I’m so happy you liked it. πŸ™‚

  28. I love this Cubby! Lessons for living, so full of wisdom!

    1. Difficult lessons, more easily said than done of course, as most things worth pursuing are. Many kind thanks Shainbird. πŸ™‚

  29. Oh this is Brilliant–I love it!!!

    1. PS–if you allow reblogging, I’d love to do so!

      1. Yes, I am honored you would consider it reblog-worthy. πŸ™‚

  30. I love this – so well written, simple yet profound. Here’s a good companion piece:

    1. Thank you for leading me to your poem. It was wonderfully written. πŸ™‚

  31. what wonderful imagery!!!! I love this!

    1. Hehe I’m so glad you feel that way. Many thanks for you kind words. πŸ™‚

  32. this is beautiful, as is all your work, and the way you handle literary devices with ease is a pleasure to witness. Thank you for following and I will definitely continue to follow you!

    1. Thank you very kindly. I am so glad you enjoy my writing. πŸ™‚

  33. Reblogged this on SPUMONI CADDO ~~ and commented:
    I REALLY like this one–simple, subtle and POWERFUL!

  34. I love this…wonderful!!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

  35. This is really good!

    1. I am really happy you think so! πŸ™‚

  36. Simply beautiful.

    I discovered you via Caddo who is a great friend of mine πŸ™‚

    Best wishes

    1. Any friend of Caddo comes with a fabulous reference. Writing poetry is a wonderful form of expression and self-discovery, and I am so happy that you have chosen to express yourself this way. πŸ™‚

  37. It is perspective on life such as this, Cubby, that creates positive choice. While Sorrow, Anger and Regret will always make an appearance, we can positively choose to embrace hope and go on. Beautifully done. A joy to read.x

    1. Yes, realizing that one even has a choice can be very difficult as these emotions seem so much a part of ourselves. However, they should never define us. Your thoughts tend to be very well synchronized with my own. πŸ™‚

      1. Heads and tails, Scotland and Canada, Yin and yang, chocolate and more chocolate.
        Peanut butter and jelly….well, maybe not. Vive la difference et la meme. πŸ™‚ x

        1. That sounds like the beginning of a wonderful song!

          1. If you write the words I’ll sing it! πŸ™‚ x

            1. Lol they were your words, so your song : P

              1. No melody available, shame. 😦 x

  38. Another great poem!

    You stunned me at the end. I always think of Hope as a female. I had to re-read the line several times before I could get my head around it as “referenced” based. Your poem, your frame of reference…

    1. Thanks so much Kevin. I gave it a fleeting thought while writing the poem about the different genders, but it seemed to make sense that they were male, I think for exactly the reason that you pointed out. I don’t always use a female perspective, but when I don’t, I try to point out or hint somewhere that the voice of the poem is male in some way. You are quite an astute reader. πŸ™‚

      1. πŸ™‚

  39. I love how you present life with opportunities, and the choices that go along with them. Beautifully written once again.:)

    1. Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so happy you think so. πŸ™‚

  40. Really lovely poem. Thank you. It’s just wonderful.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. πŸ™‚

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