Three Narrative Poems About a Relationship From Failure to Revival

Updated on March 1, 2019
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Glenn likes to experiment with creative writing and revealing stories that enlighten the reader.


After several attempts at working on a relationship with the intent of making it last, and to be the last, there were certain things that stood in the way.

The three poems below are a review of three stages of that failed relationship.

The first poem is about how synchronicity brought us back together after a futile start, to grow closer once again, until the final departure.

When lovers are deeply involved it’s difficult to see the forest for the trees, as the saying goes. However, once we are on the outside looking in, things become clear, as portrayed in the second poem.

Finally, the third poem reviews the mistakes with a clarity of being alone once again. I describe how we were just working on the outer periphery of the relationship without concentrating on its inner core.

Synchronicity Marks a Revival

A poem about revival of a lost relationship as synchronicity brought us back together.

After a breakup for reasons unclear

Our paths once again cross and I see my dear.

It was unexpected with no thought involved.

But it opened communication for problems to be solved.

She told me she was leaving in a week to visit her family.

Without thinking I offered a ride to the airport merrily.

We both agreed to enjoy the week before her departure

With no heavy discussion and just some nurture.

We agreed that we’d talk a month later upon her return.

So we went with the flow and discovered much to learn.

We got to know each other more than before.

It's surely a feeling that may endure.


Only the Present Survives

A poem that evaluates the challenging relationship as it draws to an end.

Unsure at first, then feelings develop

Craving for more and caring envelops

Attentive to her delicate cues although she may not have known

Accepting all differences and desiring a future sealed in stone

But she found one thing disparaging

and no longer was acknowledging

With futile team effort she wanted to be freed

Recognizing challenges and appreciating her need

Set free when requested only because of love

What more can I give with no sign from above

The past now cut off, leaving only fond memories

The future cut off too, without further discoveries

Only the present remains,



The Essential Necessity: Trust

A poem that reviews the mistakes made in a doomed relationship.

What are we doing with this relationship?
Are we just here for the companionship?

Concentrating only on the periphery
leaves us eventually feeling jittery.

We haven’t focused on its inner core
although we’ve had a great rapport.

By avoiding what really mattered
we came to a state of feeling battered.

We missed out on developing a true experience
and bringing our relationship to actual deliverance.

If only we were able
to make our feelings stable

Knowing and understanding one another completely
would’ve helped discover mutual needs so sweetly.

Trust in the process
could’ve bound our hearts regardless.

This, I feel, is necessary to create a bond throughout
that cannot be broken by fear or by doubt.


“In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”

— Isaac Asimov

© 2016 Glenn Stok


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    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      12 months ago from Long Island, NY

      Thanks, Kristen, for saying I’m a wiz of poetic words. Funny thing is that it only comes out of me when I feel deep emotion.

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      Kristen Howe 

      12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great set of poems Glenn on how felt in a troubled relationship with such profound words. You're a wiz of poetic words.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Thelma Alberts - Thanks Thelma.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      2 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Beautiful! It´s hard to have an ending relationship. Thanks for sharing these awesome poetry.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      FlourishAnyway - Thanks for your kind words.

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      2 years ago from USA

      Break ups are difficult, and men often take them more worse than women. Especially when you don't understand why, it's hard. I'm sorry for your heartbreak.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      RTalloni - What a great suggestion! I actually did that once, making a verse I wrote into a song by creating a melody to go with it. You reminded me of that. I'll have to try it with these poems to see what I can make of it. All I would need is contact with a professional singer who could take my words and melody and add an instrumental to put it to song. Anyone interested?

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      MsDora - Absolutely! Time heals all wounds, as the saying goes.

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      2 years ago from the short journey

      These poems on unrequited love remind of a folk song or ballad. With continuing verses I imagine that you could turn them into one!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      In such a situation, the "fond memories" will have to become agents of comfort, and sadness doesn't have to last forever. Grief may turn to gladness after a while.

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Kaili Bisson - The first poem was full of hope because it was a precursor to the second one. I guess all relationships begin with hope.

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      Kaili Bisson 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Well done. I especially like the first one, as it is full of hope :)

    • Glenn Stok profile imageAUTHOR

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Blond Logic - You're right Mary. In addition, if one person isn't happy and the other loves her, he is willing to let her go since her happiness is the most important. Problem is, she later changes her mind. But without anything being any different it would only repeat the same pattern.

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      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      tsmog - Thanks Tim. I guess wisdom comes with time. For some it just takes longer, requiring more heartaches to learn from.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      I think in relationships there is always one party who believes it could still work out, but if one person isn't happy, a relationship can never survive.

      Your poems are ones which most can relate to as many of us have experienced the same .

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      Tim Mitchell 

      2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thanks for sharing Glenn. I 'feel' and see wisdom . . .


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