Traces of Love

broken20heart1I still find physical traces of you: a music tape you sent me mixed in with others, photos on a hard drive saved from an old computer, a big Valentines Day card packed away at the bottom of a stereo box. It’s been over 20 years and you’re still very much with me. M.E.


Faded photograph
Covered now with lines and creases,
Tickets torn in half
Memories in bits and pieces,
Traces of love long ago
That didn’t work out right.
Traces of love.
From the song “Traces” by the Classics IV

No Matter How Long

broken20heart1How long should I wait for the love of my lifetime to return? A year? five years? Ten? Twenty? That and more I’ve been waiting for you and didn’t know it. I tried substitutes but none worked for long. I’ve never felt as safe anywhere as I once did in your arms. C.B.


If I die,
I will wait for you,
do you understand?
No matter how long.
I will watch from beyond
to make sure
you live every year
you have to its fullest,
and then we’ll
have so much to talk
about when
I see you again…
Jeaniene Frost

Like I Did You

broken20heart1My heart has been broken many times, but never like when I lost you. The depth of the grief helped me harden my heart to keep anyone from getting that close again. And they haven’t. Yes, I have loved since you, but I have never loved again like I did you. D.O.


A mighty pain to love it is,
And ’tis a pain that pain to miss;
But of all pains, the greatest pain
It is to love, but love in vain.
Abraham Cowley

What Is Lost

broken20heart1Chasing “what might have been” is like chasing a ghost seen only as a secondary flicker out of the corner of the eye. Such mental consternation is much to do about nothing, as done cannot be undone. What’s behind is cast in rock that only weighs one down. G.W.


Since fragile flesh could never bear
Such passion or such grief,
She willed her heart to stone
And, this accomplished, found relief.
Only in dreams she turns and cries,
Tears on her face like frost,
And waking does not even know
She weeps; nor what is lost.
“Metamorphosis” by Ruth Gilbert

A Blessed Curse

Love lost and long remembered is a blessed curse. Day and night my mind silently mumbles your name saying “I’m sorry” over and over. I became a clown in the circus and have spent my life painting a smile on my face every day and hiding underneath it. K.T.

You can love someone so much…
But you can never love people
as much as you can miss them.
John Green

I’d Go Back If I Could

After we broke up I lost track of you. Sometimes I wonder where you are or what you’re doing. Did you move away? Settle down? Are you happy? Are you in love? Do you have children? It’s been ten years and still I have thoughts of you. Do you still think of me? J.B.

I wonder do you think of me
And remember the park
Where you struck the spark
To a fire that’s still burning
… in my heart.
I can tell you that I’ve never
Felt like that since.
I don’t know if you would
But I’d go back if I could.
Keith Whitley

You Won’t See It End

We were going steady. I adored you. Each evening after work I’d drive by your house to feel closer to you. Night after night I did and you never knew, at least not until I saw you kissing another guy in your driveway in his car. I was only sixteen, but it hurts still today. R.Y.

You can see a clock,
but you can’t see the time.
You can see my face,
but you can’t see my mind.
You can see the clouds,
but you can’t see the wind.
You saw my love for you begin,
but you won’t see it end.

True Love Is Eternal

For a time I convinced myself I didn’t care about you. My feelings were stuffed down deep. When asked if I missed you, I’d lie and say, “No, not really. I’m better off without her”. I deeply regret every time I said that. For the rest of my days part of my heart will always be yours. J.B.

It is impossible to fall out of love.
Love is such a powerful emotion,
that once it envelops you it does not depart.
True love is eternal.
If you think that you were once in love,
but fell out of it,
then it wasn’t love you were in. T
here are no ‘exit’ signs in love,
there is only an ‘on’ ramp.

Spark In My Heart

Last time I saw you was long time ago. Now 40 years later I can still hear your voice in my head sometimes. I shed a tear once in a while over how a war took you from me and stole your life. I moved on, but never completely. Always your spark will be in my heart. D.K.

Love never disappears for death is a non-event.
I have merely retired to the room next door.
You and I are the same; what we were for each other, we still are.
Speak to me as you always have, do not use a different tone, do not be sad.
Continue to laugh at what made us laugh.
Smile and think of me.
Life means what it has always meant.
The link is not severed.
Why should I be out of your soul if I am out of your sight?
I will wait for you, I am not here, but just on the other side of this path.
You see, all is well.
St. Augustine

Never Say…

You didn’t want to leave the town we grew up in and my ambition wouldn’t allow me to stay. My choice left you behind. It wasn’t a bad decision, just not the one I wish I had made. After all this time I have never been able to let you go completely. My heart is yours always. T.C.

Never say I love you if you don’t really care.
Never talk about feelings if they aren’t really there.
Never hold my hand if you are going to break my heart.
Never say you are going to if you don’t plan to start.
Never look into my eyes if all you do is lie.
Never say hello if you really mean good-bye.
If you really mean forever then say that you will try
Never say forever cause forever makes me cry.