‘Break-up’ Poems: 70 Poems About Breaking Up, Sadness, Pain & Tears


Not every relationship lasts forever. Most people experience a breakup (or numerous breakups) at some point in their life. There are a variety of reasons why couples break up. Distance is one of the most popular reasons.

You may discover that your passions, ideas, values, and emotions aren’t as well-matched as you believed. Changing your mind or your feelings about the other person is another. Maybe you don’t like being with that person.

It’s possible that you’ve acquired feelings for another person or you’ve realized that you’re not interested in being in a serious relationship at the moment.

However, in any case, breakups are complicated, and they’re difficult because they’re as unique as the relationships that spawn them. Do you know that when you break up with your partners, it means you take out a necessary part of yourself, and breaking up eventually kills your heart and spirit? Even if the breakup is a mutual decision and looks to be for the best, a breakup after a long relationship is unlikely to be painless. It is more painful if you’ve ever been through a breakup and you realize that the cruelest thing we can do is try to stay in a relationship we no longer believe in.

When you break up with someone, you may feel as if the world is collapsing. Most broken-up couples wonder if they should ever put their partners back together and revive their love. But is it worth it? Will you be able to love one other better the second time around, or will you wind up hurting each other even more? If you have both grown and matured, the honest answer is a chance. But it’s not worth it if you’re going back together just because you’re cold one night. Heartbreak is a terrible experience that may be almost physically painful, yet it is also one that can be overcome.

There are no fixed guidelines when it comes to breakups. After all, love is incredibly difficult to maintain, and even when everything goes perfectly, it can still break apart. But I’m here to tell you that one thing might help you get through a breakup: sad love poems. Here are some love poems that will assist you to get through if you’re going through a breakup. They depict the sorrow of heartbreak and help you find something lovely to look at as you comprehend what has just occurred. Let’s enjoy 60+ break-up poems bellow – the saddest breaking up poems about leaving the one you loved. Hope you have beautiful moments on Poemfull.Com! All is the best!

“One of the best times for figuring out who you are & what you really want out of life? Right after a break-up.”

Mandy Hale

Artwork: Ashes by Edvard Munch — 1894

neither of us is happy
but neither of us wants to leave
so we keep breaking one another
and calling it love

Rupi Kaur

1, Never Once Never © Soleil Franco

never once never

so many words were said
with hardly any tears shed

they mentioned forever
never once never

things were shared
that led me to believe you cared

now there are only questions
ones that will create tensions

one things clear
you better open your ears dear

because there will never be forever

2, “Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied” © Edna St. Vincent Millay

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied
Who told me time would ease me of my pain!
I miss him in the weeping of the rain;
I want him at the shrinking of the tide;
The old snows melt from every mountain-side,
And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane;
But last year’s bitter loving must remain
Heaped on my heart, and my old thoughts abide.
There are a hundred places where I fear
To go,—so with his memory they brim.
And entering with relief some quiet place
Where never fell his foot or shone his face
I say, “There is no memory of him here!”
And so stand stricken, so remembering him.

3, Now As I Look Back © Alena

As I walk by I see you standing there,
giving me a long cold uncomfortable stare.
I surrender the feeling you give me,
I walk away but its you I can still see.
why cant you just let me be,
leave me alone,
let me walk out the door,
’cause I can’t look at you anymore,
I made I through
and now my life is bright with out you.

4, We Lost Each Other © Sierra

I could ask you to stay,
But there’s really nothing left to say.

This breakup has been emotional and long,
But I know I’m strong.

I guess we naturally grew apart,
But it still hurts in my heart.

We went days without speaking or sending a text,
And I could only wonder what was next.

There were times we couldn’t look each other in the eye.
How did we get this far, and why did something so special have to die?

As I write this, memories flood me.
They remind of all we used to be.

Even when things were bad, I never thought this relationship would end.
Our broken hearts I thought we could mend.

Now you’ve left without a goodbye.
I’ve got no energy to even cry.

I knew it was over when we started doing things on our own.
You got so distant and I was alone.

I tried getting you to notice that I was still there,
But you made up your mind and didn’t care.

There are many nights when you’re all that’s on my mind.
I hope happiness is what you find.

There are days when I just can’t get out of bed.
But “try” is what you always said.

So every day I try to put on a smile.
Even if it’s not a real one for a while.

We were together for so many years, so do you ever shed tears?
I know I’ve got to let you go,

And someday I will,
But mixed emotions are what I feel.

We both made our fair share of mistakes.
It feels like I’m drowning in sadness, anger, and resentment, all in different lakes.

I honestly wish you nothing but the best
As my strength and endurance is put to the test.

5, The Mystery Of Love © Evelyn Montoya

I haven’t wrote a poem
since the day he left
My words don’t sound the same anymore ,
but still I write,
there’s no reason to write
he will never hear my words
He has started a new life, he’s a daddy to be!
I think about it and that could have been me,
as much as I love him, am thankful it’s not
Happiness doesn’t last forever
That’s life
I can now think of him without shattering a tear
Is it cause I’ve moved on
or cause I accepted the hardest fact,
that his not coming back?
Love is still the biggest mystery

6, A Winter’s Tale © D. H. Lawrence

Yesterday the fields were only grey with scattered snow,
And now the longest grass-leaves hardly emerge;
Yet her deep footsteps mark the snow, and go
On towards the pines at the hills’ white verge.

I cannot see her, since the mist’s white scarf
Obscures the dark wood and the dull orange sky;
But she’s waiting, I know, impatient and cold, half
Sobs struggling into her frosty sigh.

Why does she come so promptly, when she must know
That she’s only the nearer to the inevitable farewell;
The hill is steep, on the snow my steps are slow—
Why does she come, when she knows what I have to tell?

7, Pushed Away With Tears © Elizabeth McCrorie

“I’m not good enough
for you” he said.
With tears in his eyes.
“you put to much pressure on me,
I need to live my life.”

How horrible I felt,
So scared and small.
I loved him for him.
I felt so stupid and alone.

“I’m giving up now,
please try to understand”
“I loved you once but
Never again.”
I wanted to cry
But tears wouldn’t help.

“Please don’t leave me” I said.
Falling to my knees,
“I’m sorry for my mistake,
I’m sorry for everything!”

As the noise slowly died
Silence sipped in.
I could hear his foot steps,
Gently walk away.
“He’s gone..” I said,
I pushed him away.

8, Someday You’ll Miss Me Like I Missed You © Summer

Someday you’ll miss me like I missed you.
Someday you’ll cry for me like I cried for you.
Someday you’ll want me back like I wanted you.
Someday you’ll understand why you broke my heart when I didn’t.
Someday you’ll understand that I was the only girl that put up with all your mess.
Someday you’ll know how pain feels, how you hurt me.
Someday your life will turn upside down like mine did when you broke my heart.
Someday you’ll have someone hurt you like you hurt me.
Someday you’ll realize how lonely life can be.
Someday you can sit down and think how much I meant to you
When you meant the world to me.
Someday you’ll know how I really felt.
Someday you’ll try to come back to me like I tried with you,
But someday you’ll love me when I won’t love you.

9, Last Piece Of My Heart © Leslie Rodriguez

Let me say the words today
to have him here by my side.
Let him be the one for me to
have and hold for all time.

Now he’s here for me to share my love,
to hold and show me I’m the one.
He makes me smile, he makes me laugh,
my life with him is something I feel I’ve won.

I feel I’m mean but my heart I blame,
for it’s been soiled with so much pain.
But now I’m ready to let this someone in,
the one who brightens my day,
The one I speak of is him!

He turns his shoulder, I think its too late,
No! Please don’t speak those words of my fate!
Tears fall but words I have none.
What’s said is said, what’s done is done.

He says his goodbyes and then he parts…
But with him, if he only knew, goes the last piece of my heart.

10, I Do Not Love Thee © Caroline Norton

I do not love thee!—no! I do not love thee!
And yet when thou art absent I am sad;
And envy even the bright blue sky above thee,
Whose quiet stars may see thee and be glad.

I do not love thee!—yet, I know not why,
Whate’er thou dost seems still well done, to me:
And often in my solitude I sigh
That those I do love are not more like thee!

I do not love thee!—yet, when thou art gone,
I hate the sound (though those who speak be dear)
Which breaks the lingering echo of the tone
Thy voice of music leaves upon my ear.

I do not love thee!—yet thy speaking eyes,
With their deep, bright, and most expressive blue,
Between me and the midnight heaven arise,
Oftener than any eyes I ever knew.

11, Alone © Aaron Williams

You look at me and see nothing
I look at you and see despair
We’ve been lying for so long we believe ourselves
Storming inside is deep hatred and pain
Externally blank
Our love has grown apart
Only thinking of ourselves
Which is why we shouldn’t stay
So when were gone, and together apart
You leave me alone
In peace

12, All Good Things Come To An End © Greg Thung

All good things come to an end,
Even the gifts that God sends,

Like her, the angel He sent from above
who was the one person I truly loved.

She changed everything and made my life worthwhile.
She was the only one who could make me smile.

She really doesn’t understand how much she means.
I’ll never be as happy as I’ve been.

She was my heart and my soul,
She filled me with joy and made me whole.

She was my world, my greatest treasure.
I loved her so much that it couldn’t be measured.

I remember every kiss and touch.
All our memories I miss so much.

I wish we could go back in time,
When I was hers and she was mine.

I’d always protect her and let nothing harm her.
How ironic it was though that she was my armor.

She always made me feel so secure.
No matter what went wrong, she always had a cure.

With her I felt absolutely no fear,
But now I’m scared of anything that comes near.

She healed me and put me back together,
So I held on to her; she was my tether.

Sadly, she suddenly cut the rope,
And with it went my happiness and hope.

The spell had finally been broken
As I realized I had awoken.

It had all just been a dream,
No matter how real it may have seemed.

Everything I felt had been an illusion,
Explained by the way it left me in shock and confusion.

My best dream became my worst nightmare.
She vanished while she was right there.

She left me to struggle on my own.
She left me stranded, isolated, and all alone.

I had to wake up and realize
That the only real truth are real lies.

But I can truly tell her, “You’re the sweetest dream I ever had,”
And for that, I can only be grateful and glad.

To be happy again, I’ll have to relive the past.
Hold on to every memory for as long as they last,

To look back at how I used to feel,
To remember them as if they were real.

Even though it’s over, l’ll have to pretend,
Because all good things must come to an end.

13, Left Heartbroken © Marielle Hayek

Stood by the window
watching him go away
last thing I saw
was the way
he turned his back on me
didn’t even say goodbye
more and more I was feeling the misery
and I just continued to cry
holding with him so many stuff
meaning that he won’t come back again
haven’t I gave him enough
he shouldn’t walk out on me but be a man
I stared at him getting into the vehicle
hoping he’ll turn back and see me cry
please God give me a miracle
let him look deep into my eye
there’s no reason left to wait
he had already drove away
it was obviously too late
but I’ll never forget this day
the day I got dissed by the man that I love
is there really someone watching me from above

14, What Lips My Lips Have Kissed… © Edna St. Vincent Millay

What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.
Thus in winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.

15, Break Up © Paul J. Redmond

I know your heart is saddened by being with me.
I know the pain you feel is also deep inside of me.
Our son was born with something we will never feel.
It hurts we never share the feeling.
We have a daughter who brightens up our day,
But if life were perfect, you’d be with me always.

16, Walking Away © Vanessa Brown

I’m tired of dreaming.
I’m through with trying.
Tired of living, yet scared of dying.
Maybe things are good for you,
but look at all that I’ve been through.
Look at all the pain I’ve won.
I bet you think that it’s been fun.
You never thought I’d turn away.
You never believed you’d see this day.
Look again because here I go,
leaving behind all I know.
Changing it all as I must do.
Not daring to stop and think things through.
Wanting to run as fast as I can,
not stopping until I understand.
Like why did I let things get this way?
Why didn’t I leave yesterday?
How are things going to be
since there is no more you and me?

17, Fake Drug © Kindall Perez

I shed too many tears and wasted too much time thinking of you
I devoted so much time to you
In return all I got where my own tears
Nights I couldn’t sleep
I ask over and over
What am I doing wrong
But then I realize that it was you the whole time
I gave you my smile and you almost gave me a child
Every time you needed me I gave into you like a drug
And I suffer the side effects alone in my bedroom
Were you last left me with out a sound
Was this another hit it and quit it
Cause I haven’t heard from you in a minute now
And its getting pretty late
I’m just surprised you haven’t checked up on me
Should’ve thought twice before I overdosed on you
Cause you were the fake shit
But since I’ve already opened you up and saw what was really inside
it was too late
I was ripped off but now I’m screwed cause there’s no refunds

18, Never Give All The Heart © William Butler Yeats

Never give all the heart, for love
Will hardly seem worth thinking of
To passionate women if it seem
Certain, and they never dream
That it fades out from kiss to kiss;
For everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy, kind delight.
O never give the heart outright,
For they, for all smooth lips can say,
Have given their hearts up to the play.
And who could play it well enough
If deaf and dumb and blind with love?
He that made this knows all the cost,
For he gave all his heart and lost.

19, Where Did Our Love Go © Nicole

Our love is forever strong
together we stand hand in hand
as we combined our souls
I find myself drifting with an empty whole
I don’t know why but I still love you so
how could I tell if it was ever meant to be
as the tears of my life run down my face
I pray to god that this will be the last phase
the joy that used to grow within us has no belonging any more
as the moments pass there’s no time for what could have been me and you…

20, I’m Still Lovin’ You © Coramaew

I sit on my bed every night.
I look for a star to wish on, but not one is in sight.
So I try to sleep, but all I see is you.
I think to myself, is he feeling this too?
You’ve hurt me so many times, but I can’t be mad.
Instead, I sit around crying and being sad,
But before I go to sleep every night, I always smile
Because even though we didn’t last long, it was worth the while.
You may not feel this feeling between us two,
But in the end you won’t find anyone who loves you as much as I do.
I’ll admit, I don’t understand.
I put my trust in you and all you want is to be my friend?
I ask myself why.
Did you have to keep me hanging on so long and then say goodbye?
I wish you would’ve told me from the start.
Because of you, now all I have left are the memories and a broken heart.

“I always knew looking back on the tears would make me laugh, but I never knew looking back on the laughs would make me cry.”

Dr. Seuss

21, Of Memory and Distance © Russell Edson

It’s a scientific fact that anyone entering the distance will
grow smaller. Eventually becoming so small he might only be
found with a telescope, or, for more intimacy, with a

But there’s a vanishing point, where anyone having
penetrated the distance must disappear entirely without hope
of his ever returning, leaving only a memory of his ever having

But then there is fiction, so that one is never really sure if
it was someone who vanished into the end of seeing, or
someone made of paper and ink…

Don’t cry when the sun is gone because the tears won’t let you see the stars.

Violeta Para

22, After Love © Sara Teasdale

There is no magic any more,
We meet as other people do,
You work no miracle for me
Nor I for you.

You were the wind and I the sea—
There is no splendor any more,
I have grown listless as the pool
Beside the shore.

But though the pool is safe from storm
And from the tide has found surcease,
It grows more bitter than the sea,
For all its peace.

23, Broken Love © Natalie Gronner

Sometime life takes a spin…
we learn how to laugh,
cry and try to stay competent so we don’t hurt again…
When he said he loved me…
I thought that was the key…
not only to my heart,
but to a new beginning…
We met on several occasions…
sometimes for fun…
but all and all…
I thought it was a start to opening our hearts…
We shared our sorrows…
sometimes for hours,
but I realize he is not the same…
only when he is ready to play the game…
I’m not a game player…
and never will be…
he came to me to fill a void…
but then I fell in love with him and he walked away,
what can I say…
I can’t fix him nor will I try…
I guess we will never know what love we had even though we had a great time…
So here’s to you my love…
I wish you only the best…
cause you will never find anyone as good as what you had…

24, The More Loving One © W. H. Auden

Looking up at the stars, I know quite well
That, for all they care, I can go to hell,
But on earth indifference is the least
We have to dread from man or beast.

How should we like it were stars to burn
With a passion for us we could not return?
If equal affection cannot be,
Let the more loving one be me.

Admirer as I think I am
Of stars that do not give a damn,
I cannot, now I see them, say
I missed one terribly all day.

Were all stars to disappear or die,
I should learn to look at an empty sky
And feel its total dark sublime,
Though this might take me a little time.

25, Venom © Matt Boyle

Spiteful anger wielded by a broken heart
becomes venomous; cruelty projected in mania –
so meaningless, heartless, unforgivable…
love briefly misplaced by rage and denial.
Feelings remain, but promises fade like smoke,
to dissipate in the unyielding clutches of time.
Misguided foolish hatred that lasted a moment
has sealed all hopes and memories away eternally,
locked away in the prison of my empty chest.

26, Your Touch © Dan

Over the years I’ve been through so much,
But it all seemed worth it when I first felt your touch.
In the blink of an eye you’ve gone away.
All that’s left are memories of yesterday.
They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
I couldn’t disagree more; I’ve known all along.
You’re beautiful outside and in.
On top of that, you’re my best friend.
I hope you feel better; I hope you can smile.
Just know that I’ll be praying for you all the while.
If there’s anything I can do, just let me know,
Because it’s in times like these that true love will grow.
Take things slowly; there is no rush,
But until I see you again, I’ll be longing for your touch.

27, They Were All Just Words © Ellie

They were all words, just words,
Weren’t they?
They were all just lies,
Weren’t they?
I guess I should have known
That our definition of love was different.
You move on fast,
Don’t you?
Well, I can too.
Just know, that for a moment there,
I really did love you.
I promised myself before I met you
That I would never use the word love,
That it was just a lie,
But suddenly the L word
Didn’t seem so scary.
I used it,
I fell for it,
Trusting your words.
Now I know for sure
That the word love is nothing
But a dreaded nothingness that hangs in the air
And reminds me of what I can’t have
Or what I didn’t have.
My heart used to be guarded
By an impenetrable wall,
And I took it down for you.
Now my tears are trying to build it again,
And I am only hoping
That you will find a love
And that love will play around with the word
Just like you did.
But I can’t wish for bad things,
So I only wish
You a happy goodbye,
For I have moved on.

28, Be Near Me © Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Be near me now,
My tormenter, my love, be near me—
At this hour when night comes down,
When, having drunk from the gash of sunset, darkness comes
With the balm of musk in its hands, its diamond lancets,
When it comes with cries of lamentation,
with laughter with songs;
Its blue-gray anklets of pain clinking with every step.
At this hour when hearts, deep in their hiding places,
Have begun to hope once more, when they start their vigil
For hands still enfolded in sleeves;
When wine being poured makes the sound
of inconsolable children
who, though you try with all your heart,
cannot be soothed.
When whatever you want to do cannot be done,
When nothing is of any use;
—At this hour when night comes down,
When night comes, dragging its long face,
dressed in mourning,
Be with me,
My tormenter, my love, be near me.

29, And You Wonder Why © Beth

I gave you my heart and you threw it away.
But he wanted it from the start.
I treated you like God and you treated me like dirt.
But he has always looked at me as if I were an angel.
I called for you and you didn’t answer.
But he came running.
I needed you and you ignored me.
But he was always there
I gave you my lifetime, you gave me a day.
But he gave me forever
I loved you, you liked me.
But he’ll love me as if I was the most beautiful thing on earth.
I was hurt and you didn’t stitch up my wounds.
But he used a golden needle and silver thread.
I cried and you didn’t hold me.
But he never let go.
I said “I love you” and you didn’t say it back.
But he’s been saying it to my face for years.
I was bleeding and you left me for dead.
But he would have given up his life if it meant that I would live.
I fell down and you didn’t pick me up again.
But he has carried me the whole way.
And even though I haven’t noticed until now, he has always thought I was the one.
And the day I realized that I loved him too, it was the best day of his life.
And when it came the time for me to fall, whose arms did I fall into?
His. And you wonder why.

30, Ebb © Edna St. Vincent Millay

I know what my heart is like
Since your love died:
It is like a hollow ledge
Holding a little pool
Left there by the tide,
A little tepid pool,
Drying inward from the edge.

31, I Lost It © Carrie Berry

You took my fears away
And made them true.
You took my love away
And ripped my heart out, too.
You took my laughter away,
And my happiness, too,
And let all my sadness
And tears get through.
The rest of me that was left
Also left with you.
I lost myself
When I lost you.

32, Waiting Out A Relationship © Chrystal Starkey

You said that you loved me
And I said that I loved you.
We are not together anymore
But boy I wish we were.
Because its killing me now.

My heart is falling apart,
I don’t know what to do
All I can do is think about you.

I asked you not to get attach with another girl,
but it looks like you already started to.
My mind is telling me to go left,
but my heart is saying to go right.
And it’s all confusing me to.

You told me two years ago that your heart
belongs to me and mine belongs to you.
But the real question is will that ever be true?

We let things get in our way,
we let people get between us,
and now I wish that it wasn’t that way.
All we can do now is wait and see what happens.
But the question is, will I ever be able to wait for you?

33, Our Many Never Endings © Courtney Queeney

You entered the bedroom and fell to your knees.
I wait the rest of my life to hear you say, I made a mistake.

Inside my chest, a mangle.
Inside yours, a deflating balloon.

You took the vacuum cleaner, the ironing board, the dish rack
and left me some lint, an iron to scorch shirts, one chipped plate.

I would like to say at least we perfected
entrances and exits, like professional stage actors

honing their craft, but even that’s a fantasy.
Mostly on TV the lions ate the hyenas

but sometimes the hyenas
formed a posse, and tore a lion up.

Occasionally you came in out of the rain
and I was glad to have you.

34, Lies © Raelynn Deanne Pena

All those promise are lies.
I thought you said you weren’t like other guys.
I gave you my heart,
And you broke it apart.
Everything was a great big lie.
I think of you and I sigh.
Everybody warned me about you,
But I was too in love with you.
Now I know that love was lust.
Feels like my head might bust.
I can’t believe you were the one.
I’m sick of boys, just done.
Now my heart is bleeding.
I regret me and you meeting.
Sometimes I wish I would die,
But all I can say now is bye.

35, I’ll Open the Window © Anna Świrszczyńska

Our embrace lasted too long.
We loved right down to the bone.
I hear the bones grind, I see
our two skeletons.

Now I am waiting
till you leave, till
the clatter of your shoes
is heard no more. Now, silence.

Tonight I am going to sleep alone
on the bedclothes of purity.
is the first hygienic measure.
will enlarge the walls of the room,
I will open the window
and the large, frosty air will enter,
healthy as tragedy.
Human thoughts will enter
and human concerns,
misfortune of others, saintliness of others.
They will converse softly and sternly.

Do not come anymore.
I am an animal
very rarely.

36, A New Beginning © Gabrielle R. Laurenti

Something happened to me when our relationship died,
Something happened to me right when we said goodbye.
I felt so different, I had no heart.
We had broken up before but I felt this was the end,
The end of ever being loved by him again.
What was I to do?
Without him I am so lost,
I feel that he should be paying the cost.
But he isn’t, I am.
I am afraid to love another,
But afraid I should not be,
For I will find another perfect for me.

37, Drowning © Madison A. Wakfield

I’m drowning.
I look around at everyone going past and suddenly I can’t breathe.
It looks so easy for them,
Going about and laughing,
Having the time of their lives.
Why is it so easy for them?

I’m drowning.
But then,
Then I think of you.
I think about our times spent.
I remember walking together,
I remember nights together,
I remember movies together,
I remember how it all started.

I’m drowning.
But then I think of you.
I begin to wonder,
Am I really drowning?
Not when I have you.
Then I realize,
I’m losing you,
And these pleasant memories?
They turn to bitter reminders of once was.
So maybe,
Maybe I am drowning.

Because without you,
I can’t breathe.

38, Price Paid © Brittany

When we broke up, man I went crazy,
confused, sad, and sometimes even lazy
I listened to someone who was
“Supposedly” my friend. So I made
our relationship come to an end.
I’ve apologized and apologized and
you don’t seem to care. So now
without you I feel so bare.
I’ve wrote notes and called on
the phone but at the end of
the day I’m still all alone.
You don’t realize how bad I’m hurting.
Especially when all the guys come
around flirting! You’re the one for
me I know in my heart. I feel
so empty when we are apart.
You haven’t talked to me in what
seems like forever. Oh how I wish
we were back together. I’ve tired
and tried to get you back. You
were the one to keep me on track.
I know what I did was really wrong.
But PLEASE give me another chance
it’s been so long!!
you have my heart locked by a chain
and the farther you walk the harder
the pain. Baby, I have paid a price
and I will also pay a fee. If only
you ever decide to come back to

39, December © Michael Miller

I want to be a passenger
in your car again
and shut my eyes
while you sit at the wheel,

awake and assured
in your own private world,
seeing all the lines
on the road ahead,

down a long stretch
of empty highway
without any other
faces in sight.

I want to be a passenger
in your car again
and put my life back
in your hands.

“You can love them, forgive them, want good things for them … but still move on without them.”

Mandy Hale

40, Pretending © Gina Petersen

I’m tired of pretending
Everything is okay,
That it does not pain me
When I hear your name.

Tired of pretending
I’m not dying inside
Every time I see the smile
That reaches your eyes.

Tired of pretending
It does not hurt
Now that I know
I will never be yours.

Tired of pretending
I do not care
That you will never again
Run your fingers through my hair

But I pretend
I don’t know your name,
Just to keep
From going insane.

I pretend
You mean nothing to me,
In hopes that
I can finally breathe.

I pretend
That I do not care
When I see
You standing there.

The reason I try to pretend,
Rather than hurt instead,
Is with the hope you will
Actually get out of my head.

41, Now That You’re Gone © Joanna Fuchs

Now that you’re gone, I realize
How much you meant to me.
My loss is wide as a starless night sky,
And deep as a stormy sea.

I miss the comfort of your sweet love,
Your absolute devotion;
Now I’m a fountain of endless tears,
A pool of sad emotion.

They tell me I should move on with life,
That time will heal my pain;
I smile and nod and agree with them,
While I slowly go insane.

42, I’m Not Turning Back © Angeline Richards

Every time I would ask, you said I was tripping.
I trusted you boy, but now I am quitting.
You broke my heart, took it and tore it apart.
You promised to me never again.
But maybe I’d be better if we were just friends.
I never really had the proof.
But now it hurts cause I know the truth.
You make me promises that you didn’t keep.
But now it’s your time to moan and weep.
I stayed true and faithful to you.
Something you couldn’t.
I wanted to let go, but I just wouldn’t.
You said you were mines, evidently you’re not.
She already told me what happened.
Yea that’s what I thought.
I knew you was playing, but I still loved you..
I had a lot of feelings so what could I do.
But now they are gone..whose fault is that?
You took a knife and put it in my back.
You didn’t know what you had.
But now you don’t have it.
Isn’t that sad.
I loved you with all my heart, and still do.
But how could you play me for a fool.
Baby I trusted you, why did you do that?
But now I’m leaving, and I’m not turning back…

Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.

Jonathan Harnisch

43, A Fixed Idea © Amy Lowell

What torture lurks within a single thought
When grown too constant, and however kind,
However welcome still, the weary mind
Aches with its presence. Dull remembrance taught
Remembers on unceasingly; unsought
The old delight is with us but to find
That all recurring joy is pain refined,
Become a habit, and we struggle, caught.
You lie upon my heart as on a nest,
Folded in peace, for you can never know
How crushed I am with having you at rest
Heavy upon my life. I love you so
You bind my freedom from its rightful quest.
In mercy lift your drooping wings and go.

44, Just Not Meant To Be © Wayne Barry

Admiring her beauty
When we first met
Her blond hair and body
I just wanted to get

The good times were many
The worries were few
We fed upon lust
Then love began to brew

As time together passes
The lust starts to fade
Life’s chores become hectic
You question decisions made

First there’s complaints
Followed soon by contempt
Love is then questioned
As sex is exempt

You get so frustrated
And full of dismay
At the things that are said
Marriage isn’t meant to be this way

Maybe it’s me
Have I changed in some way
Not that I can see
No, I think I’m OK

Then you realize one day
That something’s amiss
The love is not there
No more sharing a kiss

With your heart now broken
You lay there at night
Your eye’s wide open
Thinking this isn’t right

My attempts to discuss
The problems I see
Only create a fuss
Between her and me

In your heart you now know
How this story will go
Another failed marriage
With three kids to show

All the love and the dreams
Once shared are forgotten
Instead they’re replaced
By actions all evil and rotten

Any good deeds of past
And efforts once made
Are erased in a moment
With consent orders laid

45, Goodbye © Jennafer Nolan

Goodbye to love,
A love that used to be my life.

Goodbye to dreams,
Dreams of one day being your wife.

Goodbye to memories,
Memories of you, both good and bad.

Goodbye to time,
Time we spent together and the fun we had.

Goodbye to you,
The man you were when you were with me.

Goodbye to tears,
The tears I used to cry, most you didn’t see.

Goodbye to the reoccurring fights,
I was unable to sleep at night.

Goodbye to future plans,
Surely you will make new ones, right?

Goodbye to happiness I once felt,
The happiness that is now for someone else.

Goodbye to your charming ways,
You always thought it would make me come back to you.

Goodbye to who I was when I was with you.
I now am the person I’ve always been.

Goodbye to the glaze that was over my eyes.
Now they see more than ever, sharp and keen.

Most of all I want to say….
Goodbye to us!
Goodbye to us!
The us we used to be and the us we were going to be.
Goodbye to us for eternity!

46, One Step At A Time © Melanie Edwards

I can’t help but see what you are thinking
You wonder what happened to us
You thought that you owned my heart and soul
You thought that you had me wrapped
around your finger so tight
But there’s something that you should know
You don’t lose someone over night
It shouldn’t take you by surprise
It may be too late when you realize
You lose a heart one step at a time
I’m not trying to make excuses
There are no simple answers to explain
I never meant to hurt you this way
I never meant to cause you any pain
I can’t put it into words
or tell you why it happened this way
It wasn’t any one thing that you did
It was all those little things that you didn’t do
I know it may be too late to realize
but you lost a heart one step at a time.

47, The Darker Sooner © Catherine Wing

Then came the darker sooner,
came the later lower.
We were no longer a sweeter-here
happily-ever-after. We were after ever.
We were farther and further.
More was the word we used for harder.
Lost was our standard-bearer.
Our gods were fallen faster,
and fallen larger.
The day was duller, duller
was disaster. Our charge was error.
Instead of leader we had louder,
instead of lover, never. And over this river
broke the winter’s black weather.

48, I Miss You © Tiffany Kromer

I search for the right words to say.
I wonder if you do the same.
I found myself thinking of you every day
It hurts to feel this kind of blame
I never thought I could feel this kind of pain
from just hearing the sound of your voice
for knowing you were the only one who stopped the rain
and knowing I shouldn’t of let you walk away
let you walk away as far as you did
my heart tells me not to be selfish to just pray for your happiness but when I hear your sad voice telling me you’re scared and confused it hits me this is what I mostly feared was to be so close with you inside of my heart but yet so very far

49, Change © Connie Davidescu

Scared confused mindless clone,
Delving deeper into the unknown,
my heart is bruised my soul crumbled
The deep despair of lovers rumbled.

Control abuse delete forget
Feelings once shared are now reset
The chains you hold are now released
My soul is free my mind deceased.

What once was hate is now empowered
for this empty shell to be devoured
Your need for me has been replaced
My thoughts of you have been disgraced

The time has come to change the pace
Look ahead, erase, embrace
The change has come upon my sorrow
The tears will wait until tomorrow.

50, Led On © Isabella A. Arden

You had me wrapped up in your fingers,
Like a spider knits its web.
You taunted me with mind games,
All just to get into my head.

You tossed them into the water,
A few stepping stones.
You knew which one just to throw,
The one that I would never let go.

You used me just like a painter with a brush
To illustrate a landscape,
In which I would feel lust,
Just to dip me in water and wash it all away.

Under a spell is where you had me,
One that would never break.
Unless you spotted a new prize,
Who would be naive enough not to realize your ways?

51, Are All the Break-Ups in Your Poems Real? © Aimee Nezhukumatathil

If by real you mean as real as a shark tooth stuck
in your heel, the wetness of a finished lollipop stick,
the surprise of a thumbtack in your purse—
then Yes, every last page is true, every nuance,
bit, and bite. Wait. I have made them up—all of them—
and when I say I am married, it means I married
all of them, a whole neighborhood of past loves.
Can you imagine the number of bouquets, how many
slices of cake? Even now, my husbands plan a great meal
for us—one chops up some parsley, one stirs a bubbling pot
on the stove. One changes the baby, and one sleeps
in a fat chair. One flips through the newspaper, another
whistles while he shaves in the shower, and every single
one of them wonders what time I am coming home.

52, I Sit And Cry Over Broken Love © Missy Tremblay

I sit and cry,
all alone.
Wondering why,
I don’t belong.

When we first hooked up,
we couldn’t keep our hands off each other.
Now it’s like all we do is
fight and argue,
And say hurtful things,
we regret later.

Why do we hurt each other so much,
if we’re supposed to be in love?
Why do we get so upset and angry,
to the point of exchanging hurtful
words that we say out of anger,
They could jeopardize the relationship completely.

It’s like we totally forgot how to be in
love and act respectful,
Instead we’re rude, hateful,
and just ungrateful.

53, Feeling Out Of Touch, Maybe I Feel Too Much © Kaileigh Rabidoux

Hard to breathe
Weird to touch
Acting normal
Think too much

Trying hard
To figure out
Moving onward
Engulfed in doubt

Don’t look back
Too much pain
And in fact
Nothing to gain

Filled with knots
Wasted time
A penny for my thoughts
I deserved a dime

Who’s to say what’s true
I never said I was right
Guess I never knew
It’s not worth the fight

Thinking about before
Don’t know who I was
Could have closed the door
And never been an “us”

Said you would stay
Promised you could
Chose to walk away
I knew you would

Everything was fine
Said we’d never part
Knew it was a line
But gave you my heart

I’ll take the blame
I’ve always known
I played your game
You lost alone

I know you know
There’s more to give
You were a stepping stone
I have a life to live

Hard to love
Weird to trust
Acting typical
Think it was lust

54, Oh God © Michelle Tea

spilling water from my back,
you call and i come.
that exhausted walk to reach you
breathless and no i didn’t run
to see you, i’ve been smoking
too much, same thing.

another awkward hug in the car
as my face smashes your cheek
that i can feel it leaving now
is the saddest, a beautiful eruption
you could have picked it off the tree
and chowed

but you weren’t hungry.
feeling it dying away all day
much worse than the straining
against the leash, another gorgeous
thing that should not have happened,
gone again.

55, Errata © Kevin Young

Baby, give me just
one more hiss

We must lake it fast

I want to cold you
in my harms

& never get lo

I live you so much
it perts!

Baby, jive me gust
one more bliss

Whisper your
neat nothings in my near

Can we hock each other
one tore mime?

All light wrong?

Baby give me just
one more briss

My won & homely

You wake me meek
in the needs

Mill you larry me?

Baby, hive me just
one more guess

With this sing
I’ll thee shed.

56, Truth Hurts More Than Your Lie © Shianne

The truth you tell me hurts more than your lie
Once I learned it I started to cry
Every time I thought of you
I remembered what I thought was true
I try to cover it as I mend my heart
It’s no use I’m broken apart
Into a million pieces I’ve been shattered
Not that you cared not that it mattered
The truth hurts more than I thought
Reality showing what I forgot
My smile returns to a fake
There’s nothing else for you to take
You took my heart when I learned the lie
Inside I’m dying as I try
To mend myself as best as I can
Hoping that this won’t happen again
I’ll try to leave this behind
As I start to find
Myself looking at you during the day
And try to find something to say
That won’t bring back this painful memory
what won’t remind me what couldn’t be
As I start to learn it’s still true
I still find myself loving you

57, I Will Love You © Larah J. Davies

With all of my heart I love you.
I honestly, truly do.
But with every angry word spoken,
I become more resentful of you.

It’s like we’ve forgotten our history.
We’ve forgotten what we had before.
And now I’m ever closer, it seems,
To packing up and closing the door.

I imagined having your children,
And what a beautiful thing it would be.
Thought we’d find a house and settle down.
Make four where there once was three.

But now those dreams are distant,
Filled with a fog made up of fear.
My body is fighting through the mist,
But the doubt is all I hear.

Hostile hands and heavy hearts…
They join together here.
And in a flash, as quick as that,
I’ve hurt you, and you me, my dear.

There is not much left that’s not been broken
In our path of hurt and despair.
Broken glass and broken souls
And disappointment reeks in the air.

Our spirits, once bright and so hopeful,
Are now lost in the seas of regret,
And when I reach out my hand to save them,
My poor heart begins to fret.

The smiles we once wore as medals,
To show the world we’d both found “the one,”
Are now tired, and fake, and phony.
They are sure that we are done.

I lie awake and search for an answer,
But my head and my heart are at war.
Long gone are the days of no tears
Say my eyes that are swollen and sore.

I believed that we’d work through it somehow.
I hoped our love was stronger than it all,
But I guess when you’re up so high, my love,
There’s only a lot further to fall.

I try and remember all the good times,
But they just seem so far away.
Now I’m just tired and bitter,
And I don’t have the strength to stay.

I wanted so much for a miracle.
I tried so hard to change my view,
But it shouldn’t take a miracle
To keep me from leaving you.

For all this time, I have loved you,
Even when my heart feels filled with hate.
When I raise my voice and spew vile words,
I still love you so much that it aches.

And I will continue to love you always,
Even when we’ve both moved on.
Even when we have our own families,
I will love you, even when it’s wrong.

58, The New Higher © John Ashbery

You meant more than life to me. I lived through
you not knowing, not knowing I was living.
I learned that you called for me. I came to where
you were living, up a stair. There was no one there.
No one to appreciate me. The legality of it
upset a chair. Many times to celebrate
we were called together and where
we had been there was nothing there,
nothing that is anywhere. We passed obliquely,
leaving no stare. When the sun was done muttering,
in an optimistic way, it was time to leave that there.

Blithely passing in and out of where, blushing shyly
at the tag on the overcoat near the window where
the outside crept away, I put aside the there and now.
Now it was time to stumble anew,
blacking out when time came in the window.
There was not much of it left.
I laughed and put my hands shyly
across your eyes. Can you see now?
Yes I can see I am only in the where
where the blossoming stream takes off, under your window.
Go presently you said. Go from my window.
I am in love with your window I cannot undermine
it, I said.

59, Kisses © Kim Addonizio

All the kisses I’ve ever been given, today I feel them on my mouth.
And my knees feel them, the reckless ones placed there
through the holes in my jeans while I sat on a car hood
or a broken sofa in somebody’s basement, stoned, the way I was
in those day, still amazed that boys and even men would want to
lower their beautiful heads like horses drinking from a river and taste me.
The back of my neck feels them, my hair swept aside to expose the nape,
and my breasts tingle the way they did when my milk came in after the birth,
when I was swollen, and sleepless, and my daughter fed and fed until I pried
her from me and laid her in her crib. Even the chaste kisses that brushed
my cheeks, the fatherly ones on my forehead, I feel them rising up from underneath
the skin of the past, a delicate, roseate rash; and the ravishing ones, God,
I think of them and the filaments in my brain start buzzing crazily and flare out.
Every kiss is here somewhere, all over me like a fine, shiny grit, like I’m a pale
fish that’s been dipped in a thick swirl of raw egg and dragged through flour,
slid down into a deep skillet, into burning. Today I know I’ve lost no one.
My loves are here: wrists, eyelids, damp toes, all scars, and my mouth
pouring praises, still asking, saying kiss me; when I’m dead kiss this poem,
it needs you to know it goes on, give it your lovely mouth, your living tongue.

“Sometimes, I don’t know what haunts me more… The memories of you… Or the happy person I used to be.”

Ranata Suzuki

60, Love Is Sad © David Strong

Love is sad, and love is cruel.
To find it again, don’t be a fool.
My flower was young,
And my flower was sweet,
When we were together,
Our passion was heat,
We travelled together, never apart,
And I knew that forever she would be in my heart,
I would look in her eyes and I would hold my breathe
To lose such a treasure would mean certain death,
This sweet little thing that I used to adore,
I never thought we would be no more.
The sun went away and it started to rain,
The joy in my heart soon turned into pain.
My little flower that I adored,
My absence was long, and she got bored
My flower has wilted from the lack of the heat,
Resentment took over, and our love was beat,
If only we planted more of those seeds,
Our garden would flourish and not the weeds.
Wilted flower don’t be sad,
Another’s garden is not so bad,
Always look up and never bend,
And soon you will find that your heart will mend
Love is sad, and love is cruel,
To find it again, don’t be a fool.

61, Undying Love © Sarah Jones

I told you I loved you.
You didn’t hesitate to say it back.
You held me in your arms
When I needed comfort.
From day one you said,
“I’ll always be here for you.”
Now that I look back,
I realize what a fool
I was to trust you.
I’m now sitting here,
Tears forming in my eyes,
Because I truly DO love you.
So much more than she does.

62, To The Unforgettable © Lily Rae

I know we’ll never be the same.
Behind my love,
I’m filled with shame.

In my head it’s become so loud.
These intruding thoughts
Have begun to crowd.

What did I do wrong?
Just give me a reason.
Don’t lead me along.

I try to make sense of it,
But you were my only hope.
Now I have not a bit.

I try to remember our brighter days.
I don’t want to associate you
With the sadness that remains.

When I felt as whole as half,
You knew how to turn any cry
Into a laugh.

But now you’re not here.
I’m so confused.
Why is this so unclear?

In my dreams we’re okay again and you still love me,
But alas those are just dreams
Because I know that will never be.

Missing you hurts enough to kill.
I know you don’t care,
And somehow I love you still.

“How do you know when its over? Maybe when you feel more in love with your memories than with the person standing in front of you.”

Gunnar Ardelius

63, I’m Sorry © Lindsay

It’s hard to find the words to tell you how much I still love you,
how you broke my heart
How we once were perfect but now we are so far from it.
you always told me you loved me and you cared about me.
you held me in your arms and kissed my face when I was crying.
you went out of your way to make me the happiest girl in the world.
now all we can do is fight and be mad over the life that didn’t work out as planned.
how can you not understand people make mistakes,
life isn’t perfect and can never be so why do you search.
all I can say is I’m sorry and I love you and maybe one day you’ll remember me.

64, Coming and Going © Tony Hoagland

My marriage ended in an airport long ago.
I was not wise enough to cry while looking for my car,

walking through the underground garage;
jets were roaring overhead, and if I had been wise

I would have looked up at those heavy-bellied cylinders
and seen the wheelchairs and the frightened dogs inside;

the kidneys bedded in dry ice and Styrofoam containers.
I would have known that in synagogues and churches all over town

couples were gathering like flocks of geese
getting ready to take off, while here the jets were putting down

their gear, getting ready for the jolt, the giant tires
shrieking and scraping off two

long streaks of rubber molecules,
that might have been my wife and I, screaming in our fear.

It is a matter of amusement to me now,
me staggering around that underground garage,

trying to remember the color of my vehicle,
unable to recall that I had come by cab—

eventually gathering myself and going back inside,
quite matter-of-fact,

to get the luggage
I would be carrying for the rest of my life.

65, The Self Banished © Edmund Waller

It is not that I love you less
Than when before your feet I lay,
But to prevent the sad increase
Of hopeless love, I keep away.

In vain (alas!) for everything
Which I have known belong to you,
Your form does to my fancy bring,
And makes my old wounds bleed anew.

Who in the spring from the new sun
Already has a fever got,
Too late begins those shafts to shun,
Which Phœbus through his veins has shot.

Too late he would the pain assuage,
And to thick shadows does retire;
About with him he bears the rage,
And in his tainted blood the fire.

But vow’d I have, and never must
Your banish’d servant trouble you;
For if I break, you may distrust
The vow I made to love you, too.

66, Back To Strangers © Rocelyn Amante

We started as strangers.
We fell and became lovers.
We started with a, “Hi,”
Ended with a lie.

The time ran so fast.
Now we’re just part of the past.
The butterflies I once felt in my belly
Turned into a feeling of melancholy.

Those dreams I dreamed won’t come true,
For we fell apart out of the blue.
There will be no such thing as “we,”
Because starting from now, it’s just “me.”

We ended being lovers.
Now we’re back to strangers.
We ended with a lie.
Now we couldn’t even say, “Hi.”

67, Shattered Dreams, Shattered Heart © Alison Drew

My days are long, my nights are cold
Without you here for me to hold.

The moment we kissed, I knew it was right
To love you & want you with all of my might.

The hopes that we shared, the dreams that we dreamt
Then you turned around & said nothing was meant.

The memories we’ve got, the joy & the pain
Are finished, forgotten – you wont try again.

You said that you care, that’s no longer enough
So you just up and leave – the man that I love.

You want to be free, to chat up the girls
The tall ones, the short ones, with straight hair or curls.

You never told me these things you were feeling
You’ve broken my heart & I cant see it healing.

I hope that you’re happy in all that you do
That my pain & my hurt YOU never go through.

You weren’t just my lover but my best friend as well.
I gave you my all when in love I fell.

If I meet someone else, and I’m not sure I will
This hole in my heart he never can fill.

With you all my dreams looked like coming true
You’ve robbed me of those, what can I now do?

You said that you loved me, that we should get wed.
We then bought a house, new kitchen & bed!

But now its all over, you want me no more
Swept out of your life like the dust on the floor.

If you want to re-live the great times we had
Just give me a ring, I’ll be only too glad

68, He Is Hurting Too © Leah Williams

He’s tired of the pain.
He’s tired of every lie.
He’s tired of the countless nights
When all he does is cry.

He’s pretending not to care.
He said that he is fine,
But really he is hoping
Someone will read his mind.

Everyone’s sad for her;
No one knows what he’s going through,
And not even his friends can see
That he is hurting too.

69, Mythmaking on the Merritt Parkway © G. E. Murray

Aluminum sky. Only November
Leaks into early frost
Like a ruptured jug
Of gas. I’d rather hold
Onto this road with pliers
Than have another face of you
Frisk my heart. Cool hands,
The touch of every moon
Is crucial and incomplete
As a sponge bath. Leaving
A backbone of lights
Behind me, a blinking string
Of pelts in fox country,
I long to slice through
Connecticut’s middle, marbled
And pink as medium-rare beef.
I dream you.

70, Not Here Not Now © Dynahlee

You come to me and go away like waves
You change moods like seasons change weather
Sometimes you act hard like a rock
Sometimes as light, soft, and nice as a feather
With you it’s on and off like light
While I stay strong with great defense and might
But I don’t think I’ll win the fight

My inconsolable heart can’t take anymore
You’re putting me down
All the way to the floor

Just like the ocean will never run out of water
Just like the sky won’t ever change to another color
I don’t want to run out of your love
Like peanut butter and jelly, I want us to be together

You and me
Me and you
Always and forever…

I said hello
But I don’t want to say goodbye
Not here, not now, not today
Not for a senseless reason
Not this way

If someone makes you miserable more than they make you happy, then it is time to let them go, no matter how much you love them.


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