Deathbed Regrets?

so what might I regret
as the last breath departs?

failing to make my fortune
and gather my fame?
loving too little
while loving too much?
unwritten books
and long dead projects?
provincial travels
and the world unseen?
friendships abandoned
and opportunities lost?
the lives of children
unwatched, unnoticed?

will death’s rattle
be the only sound
in an empty room?

September 09, 2013