Kyung Hwan Jeon

A Warning

Here I lie, shivering, hungry, and alone,
No wife or child, not even a friend.
Left only with an empty bottle, and a faded photo of...
Sigh, even my memories abandon me,
And all i can do is wonder why.

It seems that your thoughts stray to the beginning, when it nears the end,
As my mind wanders, and my eyes close from fatigue,
I stumble upon memories of times forgotten.
Am I to watch as I reap what I'd sown?
I prepare myself, knowing what is to come.

I watch in anguish as I walk down the path I heedlessly paved.
the choices I made seemed so right back then, but no more.
They have led me into a damned existence.
If only I could somehow relive the life I tore apart,
Maybe then I could correct it all, to live a life that I do not regret.

And now even that is over. I am back, to this cruel reality.
Suddenly, I break into tears. This is not how I wanted it to end!
Maybe I can change now, to start life anew; Ah, it is too late.
I feel the cold embrace of death welcoming me.
And so I go, through the gates of oblivion, with regret as my only companion.


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