A Poem by Jeff Bresee


The further I go
The worse I get
At what I do
And what I let

Destroy my peace
And set me back
Defining well
The things I lack

You'd think I'd learn
You'd think I'd see
The damage done
By being me

trail of tears
The bridges burned
So many lessons
Left unlearned

...Jeff Bresee

© 2012 Jeff Bresee

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I understand all of it so very well...many a times we just think that now that's it we are not repeating that mistake again and yet so many times you find yourself trapped in the same situation again and again...no matter what and however hard it is one has to let go...the poem shows you are aware that every incident is to teach us a lesson and hence you already know how it all works...all you have to is let go...

Posted 7 Years Ago

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The way this is written makes it very catchy and easy to read. The rhyme-scheme fits it well, and the short lines get straight to the point. I love it.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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I like the way you dotted under the words Trail of tears. This is amazing.
I enjoyed this well written and emotional write.

Posted 7 Years Ago

The title alone speak volumes. This is very insightful. The message is great and very true. Nicely done...

Posted 7 Years Ago

omigosh you're me!!! Not to make light... but darn it's good to know I'm not the only one! I boxed up altogether all my writings and whist peeking in a journal or two it became too obvious.... all the things I haven't learned and still fret. Thanks so much for this.... no way to say it better. I'm faving it for when I need a little reminder that I am not alone. Please... take heart in the same??

Posted 7 Years Ago

Sounds great! It reminds me of Alicia Key's song, "Lesson learned," "mistkaes overturned..but i called it a lesson learned...my soul has retruend but i called it a lesson learned..." anything that brings up a memory of my favorite artisit gets kudos! tthanks.

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Posted 7 Years Ago

Dear Jeff,

Wonderful message, which was greatly enjoyed. However, why break this poem up into 4 stanzas of 4 lines? This more naturally falls into 2 syanzas of 8 lines, especially the first 8 lines.

A wonderful admonition to be thoughtful about our actions and to try to improve.

Best regards,


Posted 7 Years Ago

Simple and effective- I really get it, never really learn from my mistakes haha! WEll done :)

Posted 7 Years Ago

It's hard trying to understand why we continually go through the same situations and make yet again the same mistakes. It's a difficult and often depressing part of life. And we are all familiar with it. Fantastically written, so abrupt and to the point, but definitely not a glancing blow job. This is deep and emotive. Beautiful..

Posted 7 Years Ago

We imperfect humans try to get it all right, but so many other humans, that THINK they are perfect, will point out and dig at our faults. I have come to the conclusion that these people should be ignored or if possible purged from your life. I love people and their flaws too, and thin those that don't, live very sad angry lives! just my humble opinion... FYI

I see myself it your poem and the hurt caused by other that can not be happy with me as I am. Nice write! thanks for sharing!

Posted 7 Years Ago

isn't this the truth. Solidly penned poetry here, friend.

Posted 7 Years Ago

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Added on May 18, 2010
Last Updated on May 3, 2012


Jeff Bresee
Jeff Bresee

Dallas, TX

I love to write poetry and then turn it into songs. I am a singer/songwriter for Weathered Pages, a Fort Worth, Texas based band. Check us out at www.weatheredpages.com And I hope you enjoy .. more..


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