Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

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Regretted I - Poem by Alem Hailu Gabre Kristos

When I heard today
Your passing away
Regretted I
Failed to pay
You a visit why?

Regretted I
Why, why, why, why
Failed to say goodbye
On your sickbed
Looking at your eye?

Regretted I
Told you not why
Your kindness and honesty
Were descriptions that defy?

Submerged in life's
Rest-not-knowing chores
Oblivious I was of course!

Topic(s) of this poem: life and death, death, elegy


Poet's Notes about The Poem

A close relative I hadn't seen for over three years died at a hospital while I was intending to visit him

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Poem Submitted: Friday, December 4, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, December 4, 2015


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