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Things I Should Have Said

04.28.10 Posted in today's words by

Bobbie Troy has gained a following here for the power she packs into her poetry (The Silence of YouFacing Self-DoubtMerry Christmas, My Love;SoldierDear Diane [Pushcart Prize Nominee]). Case in point:
Things I Should Have Said
By Bobbie Troy

I should have said
that your tears
were like antique pearls
gracing porcelain cheeks

I should have said
that I would take those pearl tears
and turn them into happiness
if you gave me a chance

I should have said those things
but it was too late
your train had already left

13 Responses to “Things I Should Have Said”

  1. Fran says:

    Very poignant poem. So many of us know the feeling but can not express it as fluently. Great poem.

  2. jme says:

    Bobbie you always manage to capture the very feelings that seem impossible to put words to and you do it so gracefully. This one was particularly timely for me. Beautiful. Thank you.– jme

  3. MaryAnn says:

    This short poem says volumes – we all have should-haves.

  4. Jean Hendrickson says:

    Oh. My. How gracefully poignant. Thank you so much Bobbie.

  5. Ah, the pain of the unsaid mixed with the sting of regret. A bitter cocktail makes a beautiful poem.

  6. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful poem, Bobbie, for that awful feeling we all know so well.

  7. Dee Ann says:

    Wonderful, as always!

  8. Jessie Carty says:

    I was going to try and pick a favorite line but I can’t 🙂 So well said!

  9. Bobbie, you have expressed what so many of us have missed. That’s why this touches us so.

  10. bobbie troy says:

    You are all so wonderful to take the time to comment. Thank you.

  11. Actually, you have said those things – to us, in your poem. Think how many lives you touched by doing this.

  12. Regret is such a hard thing to live with. This is a crystalized portrait of such a bitter emotion; a lesson learned too late.

    Beauty from pain. That’s what art is.

  13. Jesse says:

    Amazing imagery! Reading this poem is like watching a movie!

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