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by Regis Auffray

Friday, January 27, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.
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That frosty finger of suspicion
Sneaks like a snake
Among the lush and lovely leaves of love
It slithers in the soul
Like a serpent slinks in the grass

Doubt creeps in
Where it is shadowy and dim
It bites the spirit
It leaves a nagging, throbbing ache
Like a summer sans sunlight

Doubt is like the dark side of a date
With a splendid but deadly addiction
It is subtle and insidious
It grows concealed like a tumour
Like a virus
Infecting and sinister

Doubt is like a dark cloud
Ominous and foreboding
Foreshadowing the storm
It destroys relationships
Leaving the soul empty
Chilled with the illness
Of mistrust

© Copyright 2012 Regis Auffray


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Reviewed by lois christensen 12/20/2012
I do doubt today that my former lover who moved to SC just doesn't think of me at all anymore...never hear a word from him.....
Reviewed by Paddy Bostock 10/23/2012

Doubt is a pain, no question. But without it, how could any philosopher--or poet-- work? No good taking anything on face value or else we all get led by our noses to futures we've never subscribed to.

Learning never ends and that's OK!

Best to you,

Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/22/2012
I like the way you put it, "Doubt creeps in....". And that it does!

Love ya!

Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 4/23/2012
Many have suffered this who have been hurt deeply...
Then the time must come, do you allow doubt to creep in?
Do you allow it to take over your life?
Do you allow it to make all your decisions?
Or do you tell yourself... if I doubt is there a true reason and proof for it?
Do you miss perhaps the one opportunity in your life because of your own self doubt? Just sayin'

Love Regis thank you
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 3/26/2012
Sometimes it cant be helped.
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 3/6/2012
You sond like someone who has been bitten by doubt here, and it has cost you.

Chip Bergeron
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 3/2/2012
Your personification of doubt makes us see exactly the degrees of madness it can cause. Love the dark feel to this poem! Nicely crafted. Love and hugs,
Reviewed by Odin Roark 2/28/2012
And as your poem so adroitly pronounces, such doubt is increasingly inevitable, given the hidden agendas that make up far too much of the motivations for a relationship now days. As I offered in "Duplicity Banished," the purity of love runs the gauntlet each time it is entertained. Well written and impactful reminder of how murky the waters have been made.
Reviewed by John Coppolella 2/24/2012
Thanks, Regis. You once again inspired me with your words.
Now I have to go write a poem of my own without a doubt.

Ascending with love and good wishes,

Reviewed by Diana Wiles 2/16/2012
A superb poem..Yet sadly doubt is one thing that unites us all, being human ... It is the extent to which we let it dominate our lives and loves that is important..A little healthy scepticism is possibly wise at times...
Best wishes, Diana...
Reviewed by Melissa Mendelson (Reader) 2/13/2012
I love the last paragraph, how Doubt is a dark cloud, ominous and foreboding, foreshadowing the storm, but you can't let that storm consume you, destroy your relationships. You have to fight that current and stand strong, and listen to your heart because you have a beautiful and poetic heart. :)
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 2/8/2012
Don't be like doubting Thomas when you can pray .... or write poetry!

Though, doubt is just another facet of our humanity that we have to live with and learn from.
Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather 2/6/2012
this is soooooo good. Doubt can be a cautionary safety net but, more often its exactly what it is. chilling indeed. Enjoyed ! ~ Morgan
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 2/6/2012
great work, moving and thought provoking, wondeful imagery.
Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw) 2/5/2012
Reg, is that why your finger is covering your lips in your profile photo? Just kidding, Reg! You write with fine definition. Thank you for this... =))

In Spirit,
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 2/5/2012
Yes, that's it. A rich (albeit sad) and ever-relevant topic, very well expressed.
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 2/4/2012
exactly, so very well done, hits the nails on the head!!
Reviewed by Douglas Bentley 2/4/2012
Doubt prevails when honesty can not.
Superb poetry


Reviewed by Lena Kovadlo 2/4/2012
Great poem Regis. Good analogies/metaphors/similies used throughout the poem. Flowed very well. I found the poem deep with much to think about. I think when it comes to love everyone has their doubts, even if they are tiny. Doubts can tear people apart, can make the love die or diminish, can affect the relationships between people... Thanks for sharing this piece. Wonderfully done!
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 2/2/2012
Profound! You are an inspiring guide through this work.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 2/2/2012
It's sad that doubt remains and leaves me to wonder if we can ever truly be sure and completely trusting. Fine write, Regis, wrought with emotion. Also, wonderful alliteration throughout, but, particularly, in your first stanza. Love and hugs, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 1/31/2012
Doubt can destroy...powerful poem Reg!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 1/30/2012
yes it does, regis!

belated happy new year,

Reviewed by JMS Bell 1/30/2012
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 1/30/2012
Such a powerful poem, Regis. Doubt sounds like a rational, even-handed, easy-going kind of concept until you delineate its insidious effects on a relationship. It is indeed like a nagging thorn or a brooding cancer where it is left to erode our perceptions of the truth. Excellent progression of thoughts through this work. xx
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 1/30/2012
No doubt in my mind, that you have hit the nail on the head with this one!

Great piece of poetry, Reg,

Much peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Sandy Hoynacki (Reader) 1/29/2012
You have captured the total essence of the dreadful word...doubt
How dark the image it brings in every venue of the soul...Thank you
for your visit to my humble abode.....Love conquers all...Love, Sandy
Reviewed by Tactfully Naive 1/29/2012
Doubt, the mistress of unbelief
Its potency is certainly capable of destroying relationships.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/29/2012
I read this twice and decided I liked all of it. Great words that has a wonderful meaning Regis.

Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/28/2012
Herpetology amour.
Doubt is a self fulfilling beast that feeds on itself.
But it is real. I once, long, long ago married her.
But I Saw the light.
Found another.
The beauty of it?
I guess it's obvious
Eileen hates snakes.

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 1/28/2012
Your poem so adequately describes the
illness of "Doubt" as it creeps in like
an erie fog and can distort the truth!!
Thank You *Regis* to beware!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by RWE SAYS BYE 1/28/2012
and yet what would the world be without good honest discerning doubt... I doubt that we'd get far without that, wouldn't you agree?

Nevertheless, though I don't buy the entire premise, the imagery and figurative side of this poem is striking and original... good job!
Reviewed by Axilea MU 1/28/2012
This is a wonderful description, Regis, so striking and precise. The numerous analogies will speak to many readers.

Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 1/28/2012
Excellent, Regis. You have described the feeling so well. Not a superfluous word.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 1/28/2012
Simply excellent, Regis.
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 1/28/2012
~Regis~ Expressed and crafted splendidly .. among the lush and lovely leaves of love.. Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by Joy Hale 1/28/2012
This pithy poem re: doubt is one of your best poems, Regis. The wording is perfect; you get your point across well, leaving the reader with many thoughts to persue for ones self.

Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 1/28/2012

Very well written and cuts to the core. This means more to me right now than I want to think about. Excellent as usual.

Reviewed by jude forese 1/28/2012
you've managed to share quite an introspective and honest poem ... thanx, Regis ...
Reviewed by D Johnson 1/28/2012
Reg, you have described quite well the pitfalls of doubt. Nice pen.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/28/2012
I've felt every one of those feelings, Regis! You nailed it!! In my case, I should have followed my gut the first time doubt creeped in....Great write!

Reviewed by Ann Marquette 1/28/2012
Very deep and profound. A sad place to be and important to catch it early and "find personal joys" instead.

Good write Regis.
Reviewed by Ruan Mills Burke 1/28/2012
Love the alliteration here and the overall flow is as dark and sinister as the words, making this poem go directly to the core.

Nice job.
Reviewed by Laura Fall 1/28/2012
A deeply moving poem Laura
Reviewed by Morgan McFinn 1/27/2012

Yet another gem, Regis. Have you had a book of your poems published yet? I certainly hope so!

Reviewed by Janna Hill 1/27/2012
"That frosty finger of suspicion" was a great line and really set the tone. i like it.
:) Janna
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/27/2012
Sherry hit it right on the head...doubt by others makes one want to just go ahead and do the evil deed...self doubt is by far worse, trust me...e
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/27/2012
I have always felt that if I was being accused of something I might as well go ahead and do it because I was already being punished for it anyway. Doubt ruins everything and it is really important to keep communication lines open so that there will not be any doubt. Many relationships that could have stood the test of time are ruined, early on, by doubt and/or accusation. Topic well addressed, Reg.
Take care,

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