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Before You
by Regis Auffray

Friday, January 13, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." - Yoda "Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith" I haven't learned how to do that. I should also clarify that this is not the individual's fault but rather the doings of circumstance and society.



Before You
 
In the garden of memories
The loveliness of flowers
Has been stifled
By the ugliness of weeds
 
I wonder what it was like
Before you
 
In this haze of emotions
Iíve quite forgotten the way it was
Before you
Before this affliction
This disease
This addiction
This ceaseless ache
This endless throbbing
This gnawing in my soul
This black hole
In which I cast
A million thoughts of you
Shed myriad tears
In futile effort
To fill the boundless void
 
I wonder
Would you spare a thought
For me?
 
© Copyright 2006 Regis Auffray
  

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Reviewed by lois christensen 8/15/2014
This write is encouraging in many ways. Tends to make me think more about people. And knowing how to treat them is a special skill.
Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 1/7/2013
This poem is powerful, and highly emotional, and moving. It is effective in many ways. Readers will in some way connect to the content and draw something from it as well. Thank you for sharing. This to me is one of your best works.
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 5/30/2012
You have reached into the very core of your being here. This tugs on the heart strings of my soul!

Love ya!

Jane
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 5/25/2012
Society can be cruel and heartless for society only cares for itself and has no conscious of the demise of another. They prey on the weak and the helpless as the never ending gossip to tear asunder a helpless victim.

Beautiful Regis

Love and Light
Lily
Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger 2/14/2011
Who would not think of you in your sincerity? Love and Peace to you Regis. Mary
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/18/2010
WOW...WHAT A PLEA. GUT WRENCHING AND SO HUMBLE. I TELL YOU...IF ONE DID NOT RESPOND FAVORABLY TO THIS LAMENT...THEN ONE FORFEITED AN OPPORTUNITY TO TASTE 'GENUINE LOVE'...AND DOESN'T DESERVE IT...SO, LET GO!!! WELL DONE AND APPRECIATED, REGIS, THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE AND BLESSINGS, JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 5/17/2010
(I haven't learned to do that either, Reg)... when there is a love such as this, it is difficult to remember that there was ever a 'time before you' and certainly is it painful and devastating to think of the 'time without you' ... also with such a love, I imagine their thoughts are much the same and so is their pain. I feel this. ~Hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Inspire Hope 11/22/2009
I find this poem very interesting, and can appreciate the message, powerful and poetic Regis. Be encouraged and thanks for sharing and caring! Keep on writing, you are a blessing!


Much Love,
Always!!
Margaret
Reviewed by Nicole Weaver 7/12/2009
regis,
You are killing me with these verses. Talent galore!
Nicole
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 6/11/2009
Hi Regis, A boundless void I can feel in this write. Wait, maybe it's what I'm feeling in my own soul... you just write it out of me... now you know... thank you for sharing your parts of you...

In Spirit,
Bear
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 10/16/2008
Regis,

You write with great depth and conviction to the written poetic word . . . excellence here!


Best to you,

Lance
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 4/26/2008
I have a hard time commenting on this because I have always been of the theory that if someone doesn't love me, I am better off without them because we all deserve to be loved by someone who truly loves us. I think whenever we try to force things in life and love we tend to fool ourselves because sometimes they are the very things which are destructive to our lives and gone for a reason, one we will never see if we cling to romantic ideas of what might have been. Just my dumb opinion, lol Michelle
Reviewed by Axilea MU 12/25/2007
Passion can hurt so much. Yet all of us, at some point in our lives, want it, need it, live for it.

Strange paradox, "this affliction".
Good picture too.

Axilea
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/14/2007
I've always wondered when someone affects you so greatly...how can it not be mutual? One of the bigger mysteries in life. Are feelings a one-way road or does traffic go both ways? A poem of sadness. This one proves that experiences and people change us greatly. We can only wonder if the reverse is true.... Hugs and Love:) Sheila
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/25/2007
I Hear The Same Echo Within My Soul.....
In my own embrace of my sorrows grievous wounds can we even find our mending heart.....

I Embrace Your Beautiful Lovingness Soul Regis With The Purity & Divinity Of Joy Through Love & Our Shared Laughter For You To Always Know You Are Not Alone In Love's Journey
Love & Hugs
Vickie
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 10/15/2007
Memories can be joyful and full of sorrow at the same time. Sometimes it is called a Jedi Mind Trick.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 6/9/2007
Such emotion is portrayed in this solum heartfelt write! One of the greatest losses to to lose love.......The heart is never quite the same, yet by some mere happenstance , it can bloom again , if the right one comes along.....m
Reviewed by Theresa curnow 5/25/2007
I really like your writing Reg. It flows so well and is very touching. You compose poems so well too. I love this one. love Theresa.
Reviewed by Sandra Ferrara Gentry 5/23/2007
Well written. The hopelessness is felt, taking one back to that place, when the wrecking ball hit them in the gut.
Sandra
Reviewed by Eleni Skarpari 5/17/2007
Thank you for your encouraging comments for my work. I couldn't resist having a peak at yours. Love this one- the nothingness you describe is accurate.
Reviewed by Rose Loya 5/12/2007
Anyone who has been hopelessly in love has been here, me included. You depict it well,

Rose
Reviewed by Erin Woods 2/24/2007
Reg...I have spent the morning reading your work...You are a fine writer,with the ability to express in words ,that which lives in your heart...This is exceptional work..."Allow Love" will prove to be one of my favorites...so able to closely relate...You my friend are not a "Shallow Poet"....Thank you for helping me start my day surrounded with a sense of peace...erin
Reviewed by Debra Baker 2/15/2007
I admire your writing. This poem touched my soul. You have a heart that drifts into your writing making the reader absorb the words with thought. Beautiful work, this piece.
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/31/2006
I love this poem, your words are from my heart. Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Janet Bellinger 3/19/2006
A wistful piece will ring true in the hearts of all who have ever loved and lost.

Janet
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 3/4/2006
tugs at the heartstrings, well written,
Safi
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 1/30/2006
Fine and deeply melancholy poetry.
Reviewed by Meredith Dixon 1/18/2006
Thanks for this beautiful poem, Regis. You can say mountains more than I can about love in way fewer words than I am able to and that are so deeply felt by all of us. Is it just our human condition or now you have me thinking; does our love for someone sometimes become almost an addiction no matter how hard we try not to be that way? I fight with my feelings of love outside friendship so much and all I can say is that your work is "thought provoking" at the least and poignant to me at the most. Especially when you wrote, "I wonder
Would you spare a thought
For me?" Thanks for the love shared to all of us. Love from Meredith
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 1/18/2006
This is very good, dear brother. You know the pains in my life, and the horrid way I have been treated. This poem brings back so many horrid memories. The Bellamy Brothers, said it best tho, in their song, Some Broken hearts.



"Some broken hearts, never mend,

some memories never end,

some tears will never dry,

my love for you will never die."



Because the most important part of my life was stolen from me, my heart will never mend, because my bittersweet memories will never end, as I continue to cry a waterfall of tears. It is so hard to forget, because I have been forbidden to live, and be happy and carefree. Thnx for sharing, Regis.



May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), your little sister, Barbie



"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I have the right to be."
Reviewed by Amira van Kerk 1/18/2006
Right Regis - seems we're sitting in the same boat at the moment.
Great write, touched me deeply.
Amira
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 1/18/2006
Powerful a n d poignant. This is a poem to treasure and share. Who cannot relate? Bless you for having the heart to write it. Someone very dear to me will read it and weep with gratitude one day. Now is not the time, but she is strong, and the day will come. Peace and Love and the Deepest Admiration, 'Pea'
Reviewed by Bobbi Duffy 1/18/2006
Very poignant!
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 1/18/2006
A deeply touching poem. As usual your poems go into the feelings of the mind. Thanks Regis

Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 1/17/2006
I've felt this before, I think...and it does feel like such a black hole when you give and give and give, and they accept and accept and accept...without giving

back.

well written, Regis. definitely truly felt, and expressed.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/17/2006
A very emotional write and to the point of the matter. This carries a great message to the reader. Thank you for sharing, Regis!

Lucky Star Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by Maria Deyana M.V. 1/16/2006
Very sensitive and beautiful poem.
Thank you Regis!

Regards
Maria Deyana
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/16/2006
super cool Regis,
smooth to read and very good poeming
to the point of brain storming,
down right alarming,
and quite charming
at the end it's still arming,
makes one want to share many thoughts
Reviewed by Paul Williams 1/16/2006
Oh this speaks to me on so many levels, I can totally relate with this touching and heartfelt piece.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 1/16/2006
Ah Regis, how deeply this touches me, beautifully poignant and outstandingly written, You write so very well, this is just excellent.

Reindeer
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/16/2006
It's hard to let go of that which won't let go of you... like situations that induce panic, it's funny though, that the minute you relax, often the solution comes and the circumstances resolve... or at least appear less acute. There is nothing lonelier than being both stroked and manipulated by often "hidden" obsessions day and night... being a compulsive obsessive I know something about this! :)) This is a magnificent poem that paints accurately the picture of emotional distance that has difficulty in knowing where the realities lie - inside or outside of one's own head. An interesting conundrum, perhaps, based on your quote above... in this situation maybe it is our own self that we most fear to lose - whether that be in the form of identity or our concrete mind; giving up our selves in preference to the needs of others sounds wholly altruistic, but, in fact, is self-healing, too. And, ironically, often we "find" ourselves in this way, too. Sorry, this is a complete warble, but your poem throws up so many interesting thoughts and I greatly love this Hall of Mirrors and this Fractured Glass, Regis. Thank you for this cathartic write. Bless you. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/16/2006
"spare a thought for me" yes it does
leave you wondering and then of course you
must let go of everything you fear.
Great write Regis!
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 1/15/2006
Expectation: What You expect Never Every Happens...

Anticipation: What You Least Anticipate Always Happens...

So Be It Thinking Of (Anticipated)Thoughts...

It Is Good Write Poem On...

PS: Your Past Can Come Back To Haunt You Or Like My X G Friend Broke Up With Me,i.e. 23 Years Later Why Is She Walking By Me In My (Hole In Wall Apt) Court Yard,i.e. I Simply Said: Hello How Are You...And, I Never Looked Back To This Very Day!

I Always Have Last Laugh Regis...

Your friend, TRASK
TRASK
Reviewed by Dave Harm 1/15/2006
So many can relate to this... as an addict, I believe that my Higher Power knows what is best... "Let Go and Let God"
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 1/15/2006
Painful write Regis. Some people think if you have to ask then you already know the answer; no. But I don't agree. Sometimes insecurity is simply that. And it takes a loving, patient partner to help us out of the negative self talk. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 1/14/2006
So painful, sweet, humble a message, and yes, so powerful a poem, Regis.

You're inspired.
Gina
Reviewed by William Bonilla 1/14/2006
A Fantastic write Regis
so powerful with emotions

William ......Peace
Reviewed by Candy T (Reader) 1/14/2006
I love the quote from Star Wars, and I also love this poem. Words of wisdom... "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear".
Reviewed by Rose L 1/14/2006
The torrents of emotion that surge through this beg reflection. Well done Regis.

Peace,

~Rose~
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 1/14/2006
In the words of one fictional man, Kojak,
"Who loves you, baby?"
We do. We do.
Regis Auffray, sugarman of the day,
hour, year, minute and more,
you know you are loved and adored.
One day the pain will subside, sweetling,
but until then use the hard grain of it to ride the muse's wind.
You, sir, are a godsend to us all. :-)

Much love and peace,
Much love and ease,
Much love and always dreams with gentle breezes of God's grace,

~~Nordette
PS: Remember "Winter Flowers" ...The wisdom is within you.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 1/14/2006
Great lines on ones inner commotion called love
Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 1/14/2006
Regis~ If our hearts could just be erased life would be easier but not better..through the pain always comes a rainbow and with your heart I know one is just around the corner..Your writing is always consistently wonderful and You know how to make your reader FEEL..Good job! Much love to you~~~Robin
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/14/2006
regis,

excellent write, you write so well! bravo!! c'est magnifique!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, ton ami, karen lynn. :)
Reviewed by Karen Cino 1/14/2006
I can feel this too Regis. This is a part of life and it is so hard to deal with and let go. Sometimes I think we hold on to this because of the fear of getting involved with someone else and getting hurt again. Once again, your writing has touched my heart and leaves me with a tear rolling down my cheek. Another awesome poem you have shared with us.

~Hugs~
Karen
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/14/2006
This too shall pass, it will...your lightsaber, keep charged...the forces of the dark side, keep away...Ed
Reviewed by J M 1/14/2006
Regis an uplifting & comforting your compassion.poem wonderful work I agree most of the time the fear comes from our surroundings, happenings, and society wonderful work thank you for posting this one.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/14/2006
This poem combined perfectly with the graphic draws the reader in and lets him become a part of the romance the writer describes and feel the emotional turmoil he struggles with. To me a sign of a great work.

Felix
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 1/13/2006
Letting go is divine, forcing us to have faith in the future, something we hope for and cannot see. But if we could see the future, we'd never grow to trust God's plan. And I'm certain glad that God isn't as fickle as the creature called "man." (or woman of course.)

Just be thankful for now, and the rest will take care of itself if you plan.
blessin's Bro. Regis, keep sharing your honest heart.
cynth'ya
Reviewed by jude forese 1/13/2006
i totally empathize with this powerful poem ...
Reviewed by L. Figgins 1/13/2006
Letting go-one of the hardest lessons in life and one, like you, I am learning Regis. Having greived "what could have been", I find joy
in "what is". Such sweet blessing comes with loving ourselves. I think this is at the heart of letting go. Why do we hold on to something that is so painful? Do we think that pain is a
measure of our love? Certainly sacrifice for the good of another, but not pain. Rejoice that this love has shown you the depths of your own loving heart, bless what it has given you and then blow it away. This will leave your heart open to love again-the love you fully deserve. Peace on your journey, dear friend...Love, Lin
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/13/2006
I too have to agree with Sherry, a combination of things that brings us to such desolation when our love is not returned. I know the feeling of total emptiness with that of self disgust for feeling that we couldn't keep that which we so loved. I learned that it isn't always that simple. Superb write Regis...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/13/2006
Regis.. Sherry says it all...
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/13/2006
Excellent images, Regis, though such a dark-blue write. I often wonder if we hurt for the loss of the other or if we hurt for what we lost of ourselves when they went away. I think there is a certain amount of humiliation and assumed personal failure wrapped up in losing someone we love so very much and also the question of why would they walk away from a person who loved them so unconditionally, why couldn't they love us as we loved them...could it be that we didn't love them well enough or perhaps are we unlovable or simply unworthy of their love? Once we understand that it was not about us, that we gave all that we had, that we did our very best, that what we gave was good and understand that the decision to change things wasn't ours, only then can we begin to heal. Some people never learn to accept love, and when we love them with all of our heart it is like binding them in chains, force-feeding them a potion that they don't wish to take, as well as causing them to feel guilt for not being able to return to us the love what we so freely give to them. The other person is probably living in the same miserable situation that you found them in and finding a certain amount of security there. You, on the other hand, mourn for a love that you never owned, and a person whom you are probably better off without, though that is always a very bitter pill to swallow. I often wonder if we hang on to the one we have lost so that we won't allow ourselves to heal enough to love another? It is very easy to identify with the feelings expressed in this offering, Regis. I think we have all been in this situation at least once in our life, be it through the breaking off of a relationship or a death within one. Excellent poem!
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Cathrine Hottran 1/13/2006
well penned!
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 1/13/2006
This is very powerful Reg. Perhaps "someone" besides your AD friends should read it, if you know who I mean and I think you do. This is a beautiful, raw, emotional write...Love you, Michelle
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 1/13/2006
So heart rending Regis...guess we have all been there once or twice.
Beautifully penned

Carole...love and peace
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 1/13/2006
We do get stuck in black holes sometimes. nice image
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/13/2006
Regis,

So powerfully emotional...excellently penned...and I think of you often. :) You are always in my prayers.

(((((HUGS))))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 1/13/2006
I'm a Star Wars fan meself, but
won't stand for hours to see any movie.
I think Lucas will make more....
Just like authors leave here and come
back here.
Great write as always Regis.....
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/13/2006
Suck it up, Regis, it'll pass.
Reviewed by George Carroll 1/13/2006
This black hole in which I cast a million thoughts of you. Beautiful visuals in this longing write
Reviewed by Lori Moore 1/13/2006
Hauntung ending. Very nice!
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 1/13/2006
Regis, the alternative is becoming a part of Nature and learning to live in it. There is always a lot of pain when trying to get things unstuck, but it is the pain of growing. You are a thoughtful person, Regis, but many are not, they be the ones who are the weeds.

Sage
Reviewed by Peter Paton 1/13/2006
Probabaly not Reg is the likely answer !
Some people are obsessed with inflicting pain and heartache on others !
Peter
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/13/2006
OMG we are on the same page today Regis!!

I can relate so very much with this deep soul touching emotional piece!!

>>>Tears<<<

Love TinkaSweets
Reviewed by Only A Poet 1/13/2006
hard hitting in such a subtle way, great poem Regis.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/13/2006
Its a hard lesson to learn on many levels. Soul touching write!



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