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Poem About Failed Relationships: When It's Time To Say Goodbye And Move On


When things go sour, they seem to spiral

With a rapidity that leaves you stunned in denial

How could things have been so perfect today

Only to plunge into near total dismay

Life is short; we think we know

How bonds will last and continue to grow

Caught unaware by life’s little bubbles

We find ourselves in relationship troubles

Whether friend, family, or intimate lover

All too soon, we find, yes, it’s over

Most people don’t see it coming

As they rush through life humming

Hoping for better days, wishing for good

All along might we have looked if we could

Why do we go through life only to find

To an inevitable outcome we’ve been blind

We know deep down one’s faults and strengths

But we tend to ignore them even to great lengths

We see the pattern begin to unravel

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But relationship rocks we fear to travel

Life is a path of many stones aligned

Each one bringing us to a point in time

Reaching a deadend it behooves us to ask

Can I find peace, am I up to the task

Forging new paths, leaving things behind

Is part of the process to reach peace of mind

Sometimes it hurts much more than we thought

But things considered, new hope is sought

Life’s journey is a sum of the whole

What you want by the end is your soul

Sometimes we pick well, sometimes so badly

Things that worked once can end up quite sadly

All you can figure from the whole ordeal

It was meant as part of the roulette wheel

When things go off course and you see it clearly

It doesn’t mean you did not love dearly

The means to an end, a learning chance

One more song in life’s long, long dance

How do compliments turn to assaults

Talents now being recounted as faults

It seems to have happened without a reason

But the saying is ‘to everything there’s a season’

Whatever the reason for hurtful displays

It becomes obvious you need to part ways

Life is a ride, no guarantees in sight

All we can do is what we think right

Making the most of today’s the clue

Even if it means having to say ‘adieu’

Why would you ask what is the matter

We need be done with all this chatter

Life is too short to sputter and fight

It matters not who’s wrong or right

Times change, things end, people are wiser

Sometimes moving on is the great equalizer

Good and bad I still value the time

When we were and even were not in rhyme

Nothing’s in vain I truly believe

Look back on things and do not grieve

We are always better for the run

Can’t change it anyhow once said and done

We can’t edit out the cold and the crappy

What matters most now is to be happy

When things fall apart, don’t look back

Face forward; find the right track


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Majadez on March 13, 2012:

Loved it! You summed it all up perfectly! ;)

sarcasticool from New Zealand on January 08, 2012:

This is well written and too painfully true, I don't want this to be true though.:( I wrote a poem about my recent loss and the words in this one hit home with a truth I dare not believe. :(

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on June 23, 2011:

Susan - thanks so much for the read - and yes, please feel free to use it but please attribute it to me.

susan farnish on June 23, 2011:

the first poem has been the most helpful tool I have had in moving on from codependent failed relationships I even use it in my therapy, I would appreciate reading the end verses and request permission. Thank you

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on January 31, 2011:

Thanks Genna - I dabble!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 31, 2011:

And a poet too? Very nice.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on December 12, 2010:

writinginalasia - Thanks so much for stopping by and will have to read your writing as well!

writinginalaska from southeast Alaska on December 12, 2010:

so true, i liked this very much. i recently posted a poem as well called Puzzle Pieces about ending a recent relationship and saying goodbye to him. I think i will follow you. Great stuff :)

Wanderlust from New York City on April 26, 2010:

Great poem! Thank you....

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 20, 2010:

Too funny - easier said than done and hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20! Thanks for reading, Nell!

Nell Rose from England on April 20, 2010:

Hi, I missed this one somehow. This is so true, if things go wrong we should all be out the door! I just wish someone would give me a lift! ha ha thanks nell

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 14, 2010:

Thanks, Charlie! Appreciate all that coming from a pro like you in the poetry department. Only problem is once I get started on that rhyming stuff, everything starts to go through my head in rhymes. A little weird - but oh well - we'll just add it to the whirlwind in there already!

ralwus on April 13, 2010:

'When things fall apart, don’t look back

Face forward; find the right track' I need to learn this lesson as I am no fighter. Hey that's pretty good rhyming Audrey. A lot here to contemplate, and I shall, rated up dear as always, much love, CC

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 13, 2010:

Thanks, Darlene! Sometimes you just gotta give it up and go in a new direction.

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on April 13, 2010:

Wonderful, and I think it is my time thank you so much for this mind provoking experience...thumbs up

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 13, 2010:

You are too kind - I'm not sure if 2 poems qualifies me as a poet but it just happened. Weird! Thanks so much though for commenting, Holle.

Holle Abee from Georgia on April 13, 2010:

A poet, too?? Very inspirational.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 12, 2010:

Thanks Justine!

Justine76 on April 12, 2010:

"When things fall apart, don’t look back

Face forward; find the right track"

such a hard thing to do sometimes, but its really the only way to keep going forward. This is a great poem, keep it up!!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 11, 2010:

Thanks De Greek - I'm afraid I'm not sure exactly how this got started and now it is hard to turn it off.

De Greek from UK on April 11, 2010:

Aha! A poet no less :-)

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 11, 2010:

Yes, life - the big ride! Thanks for commenting sandyspider.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on April 11, 2010:

Nice poem. It says so much about life.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on April 11, 2010:

Oh Suziecat you are too kind! That's only my second ever attempt and I'm still just fooling around. The thing I don't like about it is once I get started, I keep rhyming things all the time...Bob is getting a little tired of me 'speaking in rhyme' although I guess it beats speaking in tongues! Thanks so much for reading.

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on April 10, 2010:

I didn't know you were a poet. Very nice. And it's true - sometimes we find ourselves thrown onto a new road and all we can do is decide which direction to go in.

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