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Sentimental, Free Verse Poetry About a Breakup with No Closure

Justus is a freelancer, content writer and English teacher. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree and TESOL certificate in 2020.

I've Always Found Beauty in Nature

Cherry blossoms are among my favorite flowers

Cherry blossoms are among my favorite flowers

Accepting Change Can Be Difficult

Nightmare of You was composed in my early twenties. However, I recently updated the composition to elaborate on the sentiment that there are some individuals who will stay with us - in our hearts and minds - for as long as we live.

It isn't always easy to accept the past or to move on. This can apply to any relationship or to any of life's situations. Yet I partially agree with the cliché saying that time heals all wounds. Scars are eventually formed and even the most difficult things tend to become easier to cope with in time.

I suffer from some unresolved trauma, as so many, or perhaps literally all of us do. I used my nightmares, and the dreams I wish I could never wake up from, as inspiration for this poem. Despite expressing how I feel about certain people and events, this poem's content draws inspiration from multiple sources.

Importantly, Nightmare of You reflects my state of mind at the time of its initial composition. In time, I've found closure and would never desire to portray anyone in a negative manner. I'm truly proud of this piece.

Nightmare of You

she approached me in a dream
among prospering violet & evergreen
gardens, amidst the swaying cherry blossom
trees (where I always envisioned
us to be); the scent
of her rosy, lightly freckled
porcelain skin
was just as I remembered.

she kissed me on the cheek
with tender, gloss covered
lips, before resting her head on my
shoulder. I felt anxious as I knew I would,
for she glistened under the splendor of her bright blues.
I admitted that I had been thinking of her too,
but a ghost’s words are seldom true;
a siren’s eyes are never the brightest blue.

yet still would I
rather die with you
with hands entwined
& the taste of your
vanilla perfume;
than face reality.

I can’t do this
on my own
(so lover,
don’t go).
I need you
to feel


Rock Band, Nightmare of You, Served as Inspiration for My Poem and Its Title

"Oh, what a pair of eyes! Sadder than blue. Richer than blood. Deeper than truth. I cursed. I prayed. I prayed, and then I cursed some more."

— Brandon Reilly (of Nightmare of You and The Movielife)

© 2022 Justus Reinhardt

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