The Coward's Way Out of a Complicated Situation

Updated on October 9, 2019
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Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.

Thought things were going well in life

Stars were all aligned metaphorically speaking

Sure, my small world was full of flaws

Perfection was just an optical illusion

Felt that happiness was just within my grasp

Suddenly, to be taken away after a long ago fact

Brought back to surface by someone else's foibles

The problem was never in my court; only in theirs alone

Under the misguided notion that my complex companion

A possible long term future that didn't seem so far out of reach

Until they decided to drop a bombshell and run for cover

Leaving the affected to deal with the fallout

Picking up the pieces of their broken heart and a fantasy

That was never part of the plan in the first place

A lie meant to lull the prey into a false sense of security

Before the rug was pulled out from under them

Left battered, bruised and completely obliterated

Wondered if the last two years was worth the end result

First love; first major heartbreak

Believed foolishly that seniority meant maturity

Apparently, the millennial more of an adult than the baby boomer

Talk about a twisted sense of irony

Always feared that youthful naivete would wreck things

Boy, was I ever wrong.

Left wondering why I didn't see the signs sooner

Maybe I wouldn't have gotten so invested

Time to move on; while my former compatriot developed

A yellow streak down their back

Instead of taking the direct approach to the truth

Was a petulant child throwing caution and something good to the wind

Their loss; not mine.

The tides have turned on a once promising relationship now washed away for good.
The tides have turned on a once promising relationship now washed away for good.


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    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      11 months ago from Washington Court House

      It is sad when the bombshell lands on an unexpected person who gave his undying love to another.

      One willing to do it all for love, willing to be there for a lifetime to share love with a soulmate.. then have it all shattered.

      It is so hard to accept and move on..but it is his loss. Even if it really hurts you the most.. because you are a loving person with genuine feelings.

      Great read.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      Such a powerful yet fragile poem Heather showing the pain of giving your all to someone who didn't deserve it. Great writing.


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