Featured Writer: Shelly Buttenhoff Miller


Regrets are best
Left in the past
You go nowhere fast
When regrets get the best of you
Guilt and resentment’s
Pain can ambush you
It’s over now
What can you do
Learn from it
I have regrets
When my stepdad died
I had many regrets
Wish I had taken the time
To listen to him more
Even though it got tiring
That he always thought he was right and
Knew everything
I could have brought up subjects
To connect better with him
Like a new song I’d heard on the radio
I thought he might like or the
Cool thing one of the boys did
Instead I avoided him
Even though he wasn’t
My favorite person
I still had regrets
That brought me guilt
I’m worried I’ll have regrets
When my aunt dies soon
I should have visited her
Instead of worrying whether
She’d recognize me
So now I visit her
Still hoping I can ward off
Some of my regrets
I have too many
Regrets on my heart
It’s too late to go back
Regrets are best
Left in the past
© Shelly Buttenhoff Miller

sam_0142-002About the Author

Shelly Buttenhoff Miller resides in Springfield, Oregon. She has three grown sons. Shelly enjoys hiking, photography, bowling, reading and coloring with friends. She started writing poetry to help her express her feelings and emotions in a way that reflect them at the time.

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