A Poem About Breaking Up



I tend to become poetic when I experience strong emotional feelings. I don't know why this creative side of me only appears under these circumstances. It's probably a result of the need to heal emotionally.

I think that writing in a creative way can help make sense of the confused hidden emotions deep inside of us.

We need to get in touch with the grief and we need understand the painful emotions that follow the loss of someone dear to us.

I know that in my case I can do this by letting the pieces fall together in my mind. These pieces appear on the surface as a rhythm set to narrative poetry.

So without further ado, here's my poem - telling a quick story about a short-lived romance that came and went, and the reasons why.

Breaking Up

The Poem


Synchronicity leaps at the very first day.

Much to discover and thoughts of what may

Be it a friendship or lovers to be

Sure is a mystery for you and me.

Our voices harmonized but never repeated.

Nevertheless we were never conceited.

Three months go by with being ourselves.

More sharing continues and overwhelms.

A puzzling past that is hard to conceive.

The desire for explanation leaves little to believe.

Attempts to clear the confusion lead to dismay.

Saying Goodbye because there's nothing left to say.

© 2016 Glenn Stok

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Venkatachari M 8 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very much captivating and factual description of the feelings and relationships.

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Jodah 8 months ago from Queensland Australia

Glenn, it is unfortunate that it often takes hardship or heartbreak to inspire creative writing, especially poetry. This poem displayed your feelings and the relationship and its ending perfectly. Thank you for sharing.

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Jlbowden 8 months ago from Long Island, New York


A nice short summary in poem form that not only expresses your emotions, but more importantly an affair that at one point in time was meaningful enough for you to reminisce about and convey your feelings in the form of poetry. And often it is relationships, or the loss of a parent or spouse for example that stimulates our other creative side apart from writing fiction or non-fiction for example. Thanks for sharing this.


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MsDora 8 months ago from The Caribbean

You may have described a universal experience throughout the poem. Who cannot relate to the last two lines especially? Well done!

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Susie Jane 8 months ago from London

That was beautiful

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Glenn Stok 8 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

Thank you to all of you for your comments. You have all shown a keen perception of the emotions and feelings I tried to convey in my poem. You've shown me that it was a success.

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Kathleen Cochran 7 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

This poem is a romance novel in just a few words. I'm sorry for the heartbreak, friend, but I'm glad you redirected your passion into this beautiful poem. Hoping for happiness for you in the days to come.

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Glenn Stok 7 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

Kathleen Cochran - Thank you for those kind thoughts. I think we all could write a novel from the life experiences we have.

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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

You communicate the bewilderness and confusion of someone who is struggling to make sense of what happened in the relationship.

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Glenn Stok 5 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

FlourishAnyway - You brought up an interesting point Shelly. When we love someone and try to make things work, we struggle to make sense of the confusion that stems from miscommunication.

Jean Bakula 4 weeks ago

Your relationship poems are very touching. I haven't dated since my husband died 2 1/2 years ago, it was very sudden. Guys try to feel me out to see if I want to date them. I just don't feel ready. My husband was brilliant and I could talk to him for hours. He was devoted, kind, and fun. He always looked at life from a different view than other people.

I know I have to take the plunge soon or I never will. We had one son, now 28, who is having some issues and is living here with me. So it's not exactly the best arrangement, but he's been falsely accused of a crime and the court system moves slowly. I feel stuck, and like it wouldn't be fair to go out with somebody while this "black cloud" is hanging over me.

I guess we all date in hope of finding more than just someone to talk to, although I would even settle for that, but would be scared to move on. It's complicated, isn't it?

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Glenn Stok 4 weeks ago from Long Island, NY Author

Jean Bakula - Yes, life is complicated. I'm sorry for your lose and I agree that as long as you don't feel ready, it wouldn't be the right time to move on. However, when the time comes and you meet someone new, know in your heart that your deceased husband would have wanted you to be happy.

As for your son, these things are always difficult and complicated. He is an adult and to some degree you have to let him handle his own affairs himself. I wrote an article about a friend who had another issue with her son. Not the same thing, and by no means as problematic as yours, but he couldn't decide what to do with his life and he is even older than your son. His Mom didn't know how to handle it.

Complicated? You bet!

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