Matter of Unaffected Wonder

broken20heart11Loving you has been one of the most difficult things of my lifetime… and one of the best. In spite of the pain, the love we share has always won out. I only hope that never changes. JB


That you should care at all for me
has been a matter of unaffected wonder
to me from the first hour until now –
and I cannot help the pain I feel sometimes,
in thinking that it would have been better for you
if you never had known me.
Elizabeth Barrett
to Robert Browning
Sept 18, 1845

I Love You

broken20heart11We’re so different and the dissimilarities have taken their toll. Only time will tell if the differences will win or if love will. Either way, the love we have shared will always be. Nothing can take away the beauty we have shared and the wounds will heal… in time. C.B.


I’m here. I love you.
I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long,
I will stay with you.
There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love.
I will protect you until you die,
and after your death I will still protect you.
Elizabeth Gilbert

From the Ashes of Great Pain

broken20heart11A turning point came. Grief grew from it for both of us. Our love was severely tested and its strength proven. Wounds are still healing, but the future looks bright. From the ashes of great pain is growing the greatest happiness I’ve ever known. J.R.B.


Grief, is also a form of joy.
The rose celebrates,
by falling apart,
petal by petal.
Clouds celebrate,
by weeping over,
and over.
Coleman Barks

Please Look Through

broken20heart11I say too much. I dream too much. I try to make things the way I want them to be, instead of how they are. I want things to be better, but often end up hurting you with my good intentions. Please look through my neediness and see my true love for you. M.E..


Cinderella walked on broken glass.
Sleeping Beauty let a whole lifetime pass.
Belle fell in love with a hideous beast.
Jasmine married a common thief.
Ariel walked on land for love and life.
Snow White barely escaped a knife.
It was all about blood, sweat, and tears.
Because love means facing your biggest fears.

So Glad We Made It

broken20heart1Thought we are no longer lovers, that special time we shared made our friendship so much deeper than it would be otherwise. Yes, it was difficult and complicated for a while as we became ‘just friends’ again, but I am so glad we made it. I cherish you.


I wish you a lifetime of love,
Happiness that never ends,
Songs of laughter,
Warmth of family and friends.
I wish you days that are bright
And filled with dreams,
A world of faith and hope
And joy that’s everlasting.
I wish you constant peace
And good days ahead.
You deserve this and more
My dear sweet friend.

Not Even A Little Bit

broken20heart1Everyday at work I see you. We hang out in the same crowd on weekends. “Best friends” you often say we are, but for me it’s so much more. What am I supposed to do with all this love in my heart? Am I destined to carry it forever and you never know it’s there? C.A.


I hate the way you talk to me,
and the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car,
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big, dumb combat boots
and the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick —
It even makes me rhyme.
I hate the way you’re always right.
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh —
Even worse when you make me cry.
I hate it when you’re not around.
And the fact that you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you —
Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.
“10 Things I Hate About You”
By Katarina “Kat” Stratford

Is That OK?

At night I dream of you. Thoughts about you bounce in my head all day. You’re my sister’s best friend and have been in our lives since we were little. I’ve loved you for so long I can’t recall when it started. I wish I had the strength to tell you and find out if you love me too.  L.K.

You can make believe it happens
or pretend that something’s true.
You can wish or hope or contemplate
a thing you’d like to do.
But until you start to do it,
you will never see it through
‘cause the make-believe pretending
just won’t do it for you.
Fred Rogers

A Difficult Gift to Find

We moved too fast! Our haste created a firebreak where all possibility of love was burned out in blaze of passion. How unwise it was to allow our friendship to join the list of lovers we’ve known!  Lovers are common and easy to locate. A true friend is rare; a difficult gift to find. J.R.

If  little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you
Little by little.
If suddenly you forget me
Do not look for me
For I shall already have forgotten you.
From “If You Forget Me” by Pablo Neruda

My Own Delusion

I was wrong to think you saw me as “the one” you loved. I wanted that so badly! So when I’d ask you out and you were kind and sweet to me I thought there was more to it than you intended. You never led me on. I created my broken heart with my own delusion. B.D.

It’s amazing, some people say these small things,
one sentence, and it changes the way you feel about them in an instant.
Small little words that can hurt you so much
or make you fall deeply in love forever.
It changes everything.
Nothing between you is ever really the same again
even if they don’t know it, it still happens.

Have to Let Go

We’re from different cultures. Our religions aren’t compatible. Our families don’t get along. You’re well educated. I didn’t finish high school. You’re rich, I’m poor. There’s so much distance separating us. It’s hard to admit but love is not enough to make it all OK. K.S.

There are things that
We don’t want to happen
But have to accept;
Things we don’t want to know
But have to learn;
And people
We can’t live without
But have to let go.