To be a better man
kind and loving
not hiding in a lie
Do I have to forgive trespasses?
And words and deeds
raping my heart?
Why are you blind
to my torment
and the cause of suffering?
Surely you must know?
You must see.
I know you can see.
I know you know why
I hide in a shell.
If I reveal the demon within
You must take him and leave.
But if I don’t
He will torment me
and we must depart.
If you wish to save me
he must vanish.
– F H Hakansson
24 thoughts on “Retrospect”
Awesome poem as is all of your writing!
Thank you so much Scott! That means a lot coming from you. I’ve been a fan of your writing for a long time.
If life was too easy we would quickly complain of boredom. 🙂
I guess you’re right 😉 Still – it would be nice to catch a break every now and again. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we woke up tomorrow and found ourselves in a world resembling the one found in Huxley’s “Brave New World?” I would thrive
Me, I would far rather wake up in Pala..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Island_(novel)
Yes – that would be another wonderful alternative. I do believe you are right. If the “I” that I currently am (myself) would find myself in a new world I think the one in “Island” would be Utopian – but if I were to be reborn into a new society without the memory and experiences of this one – would I prefer “Island” or “Brave New World”? For me that is a difficult question…
Ponder away, my friend. 🙂
The photo is creepy, but the poem isn’t. 🙂 (yes, this is all I could come up with!)
Haha yes the photo is creepy. It comes from a sex museum in Amsterdam I went to a few years back. I think this is the only picture not showing genitals or some form of sexual act.
Not all men can express themselves this way. Good luck in your novels. I’m sure they will be great!
I feel that through the written words is the only accurate way I can express myself. You should see me in real life. I stutter like a stricken pig.
I do hope my novels will be great and that you will one day enjoy them! I am doing my best to create epic pieces of writing that will last for a long time!
Unusual twist on the unrequited love topic. Very nicely done!
Yes it is indeed. Good of you to spot that! It’s a sign of a good writer 😉
Hello, Thank you for the ‘like’. I really dug your post/poem. Goes right to it. I have found most cannot express what they see for themselves..my gift is in song and word..with that I intend to show love..express in example..Peace Tony
You’re welcome Tony! You know I check your blog nearly every day. I do like your writing 😉
Same here. I am best at expressing myself through the written word. Poems like these truly flash my soul bare open and show my inner self and feelings even if I’m not aware of them myself.
Beautiful poetry. Powerful words.
This poem touches a void within and I ❤ the photograph too!
Very well done 🙂
Thank you! 😀 Yes the photograph is nice! It’s from a sex museum in Amsterdam. There were lots of erotic dolls and models like this.
Great post thanks. I really enjoyed it very much.
this piece is very powerful as always …
Thank you! Your comments and compliments always bring a smile to my face 🙂
Beautiful poem Hakansson…love what is being said without being said..(or maybe I am wrong? ) or maybe right 😉
I think you are are right 😉 the reader is always right when it comes to interpreting poetry!
The picture you used, it takes the imagination and the emotions to a whole new level. Brilliant!
Yes, I completely agree with you! I didn’t realise when I first picked it but it truly adds another dimension to the poem. 😀