Just Passing Through

broken20heart1I’ve decided instead of wiping away my tears, I’m going to wipe away the person who makes me cry. That’s you. It’s hard to let go but I have learned some people aren’t meant to be in our lives forever. Some are just passing through to teach us a lesson. P.H.


Love hurts
when it
changes us.
Toba Beta

Not Stuck Back There

broken20heart1The tiny pewter angel you gave me for protection long ago still goes on every trip. The little velvet bag it travels in is worn and wrinkled from its many journeys. You may be long gone, but my love for you is not. I am not stuck back there, but will never forget. C.B.


Scars have the strange power
to remind us that our past is real.
Cormac McCarthy

Masks that We Fear

broken20heart1Loving you hurt like hell. It took a long time to recover. But I’m grateful for all of it. I learned a lot about myself in that whirlwind of pain. I’ll never think of it as a waste. As my lover, teacher and friend I will always love you and be grateful for what we shared. B.J.


Love takes off masks
that we fear we cannot live without
and know we cannot live within.
James Baldwin

Love Is Never Lost

broken20heart1For so long I tried to hate you. What I couldn’t see was all I accomplished was to build a hard outer heart hiding my love for you inside. Over time the crust disintegrated and I was able to let you go. It was only then I realized loving you had been good for me.


Love is never lost.
If not reciprocated,
it will flow back
and soften
and purify the heart.
Washington Irving

An Invisible Wound

broken20heart1The pain feels like part of me was cut away leaving an invisible wound that bleeds and hurts day and night. I gave you all of me. Nothing was held back. But that wasn’t enough. I thought  your restlessness could be filled with my love, but was wrong. You’re gone. H.P.


We hurt so much because
we have lost a part of ourselves.
If we have loved much,
we must have given much also,
and when everything’s over,
we feel as though we have lost everything.
From “Mend My Broken Heart”
By Jocelyn Soriano

Arrived Right Where I was

broken20heart1It took me a long time to get over what loving you did to me. I was lost like a boat without a rudder or sail. Even adrift I was still headed somewhere, I just didn’t know my destination. Then I found out. I arrived right where I was, able and ready to love again. B.M.


If I am to be fallen into love, I will.
And if as a result I will appear to be stupid,
disillusioned, and of poor judgment, I will.
And I would be damned if I cared what other people think.
For I would rather be thought of as all of these things, than not love.
If in loving, I become the naked woman on the horse,
I will ride that horse with my head held high.
This is my spirit. I am unbreakable.

A Beginning, A Middle, and an End

broken20heart1I wonder how things might have turned out if we had met now when we are both single instead of back when we were married. The deceit and stress of our affair damned us from the start. Something good is rarely successfully built from doing what is wrong. L.K.


A love affair is like a short story;
it has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
The beginning was easy, the middle might drag,
invaded by commonplace, but the end,
instead of being decisive and well-knit
with that element of revelatory surprise
as a well-written story should be,
it usually dissipated in a succession
of messy and humiliating anticlimaxes.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Top of the List

broken20heart1If I could go back and change one thing about my life, you and I’d still be together and deeply in love. I know it wasn’t all me, but it is was my actions that finally drove us apart. On my list of regrets, losing you is at the top of the list. Years later I am still not over you. C.B.


The funny thing about a
broken heart is that it’s not fatal.
Though you wish in vain that it were,
life continues on and you have
no choice but to continue on with it.
You take the hand that fate has dealt you
and you press forward because
is nothing else that can be done.
Tracy Winegar

Without My Heart Having To Forget

broken20heart1I tried rid my heart of you. I pretended my feelings weren’t true and lied when I told others I’d purged my feelings. Now with acceptance a part of me will always love you, I feel better. There is healing and finally I’m moving on without my heart having to forget. S.A.


What happens
when people
open their hearts?
“They get better.”
Haruki Murakami

We Were Not A Mistake

broken20heart1Years have passed and although I have gotten accustomed to us not being together you are far from forgotten. Never a day goes by that something random does not remind me of you. The pain is past and now my memories are good. “We” were not a mistake. C.E.


The most important thing in life
is to learn how to give out love,
and to let it come in.
Morrie Schwartz