Love Poem For Breaking Up, You Are The One Who Broke My Heart -Putting My Old Love in a Box of Memories

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I am placing it all in a box,

I am packing it all away

To the top shelf in the back of my closet,

Where it won't stand in my way.

The letters you wrote me,

Now faded and worn.

The cards that you sent me,

The true love you swore.

I'm putting it all away.

I am wrapping it all up in tissue

The knick knacks, the keepsakes, the tears,

Into the box it's all going

The belief, the trust, the years.

I am clearing it all out of my sight,

Out of my mind, out of my life

The broken promises, shattered dreams,

I was going to be your wife.

Now I'm packing it all away.

I'm looking one last time at the pictures

One last time at your smile, your eyes,

I'm removing the ring from my finger,

I'll allow one last tear for good-bye.

I've place it all in a box

I've put it all away

To the top shelf in the back of my closet,

Where it won't stand in my way.

 

Kristen Burns-Darling  (copyright 2011)

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

I felt the sadness in this one, progressed as I read. Poignant read. Voted up!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thanks tnderhrt!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

I must say I read the poem quite a few times. A very good poem indeed.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

What an incredible, heartbreaking poem. But it also speaks of moving beyond the pain. I love this line, in particular,"I'll allow one last tear for good-bye.

I've place it all in a box" as if a box could contain our tears *wish they could.

Just wonderful!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

Don't let anything "stand in your way!" Lovely, poignant words.

Love and peace

Tony


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Kamalesh - Thank you for your kind words, I am glad that you enjoyed it.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

what can I add that hasn't already been said...A truly beautiful tribute to a sad ending, but who knows what awaits in the future...


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Karen Wodke 5 years ago from Midwest

This is a beautiful poem with a lot of wisdom hidden in the lines among the sorrow.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

b. Malin - Thank you, and it is true...when one door closes another one opens. Thanks for reading it, I am glad that you enjoyed it.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Karen - I think that sometimes wisdom is born from sorrow...Thank you for reading this, and I am glad that you enjoyed it..


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Poohgranma - sometimes you just have to decide that it is time to pick up and move forward no matter how much it hurts. As always, thank-you for your kindness and for reading this piece. I am glad that you enjoyed it!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

tonymac - Thank you for reading this piece, for your kind words, and your encouragement! I am glad that you enjoyed it, and I didn't and I won't allow anything to stand in my way! Thanks again!


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jimagain 5 years ago from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

To think, all those memories in one box. I think you hit a nerve, most people I know have a box like that up in the closet. It's not just a box, it's a cardboard repository that we love to get down where we can relive special memories. Thanks again!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

jimagain - You're very welcome...It's funny, but at the time I didn't want to see anything that reminded me of him ever again, but now, they are just some old memories, some happy, some not so much....Once in a blue moon I take that old box down, go through it, think about getting rid of it, and then put it back up in the closet.

Glad you enjoyed it!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I have such a box in my closet. It almost has a life of its own, though i seldom look into it! Still, when I do, it is all almost alive again. Thanks for your lovely tribute to poignant memories.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Nellieanna - Thank you for your kind words!


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Lovely poem, and so heartfelt. God Bless You.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

This sad poem brought back some bittersweet memories of my last divorce back in 2000 it was tough putting away all those memories after having 4 children together, but alas it had to be done. We had both come to crossroads in our marriage that were not repairable. Very very sad, but life moves on, I never hate, but I never forget the pain that was left departing from this War of Roses...


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

saddlerider1 - Thank you for reading! It is sad, but it is true, sometimes when you've used up all the other options, the only one left is moving on. I wrote this poem when I was in my early twenties,after breaking off my engagement to the man who had been my childhood sweetheart, my high school boyfriend, and then my fiancée. We had a lot of years together, and I had very few childhood memories that he was not a part of, but it was time to move on, we had outgrown each other, but I didn't know who I really was without him, so our memories stood in my way. Lucky for me, after a couple of years of getting to know myself, I met the right one, and we've been married for nearly 19 years. (and as a side note, the other guy, after about a year and a half of not talking to each other at all, we finally talked, found out that in our own way we still loved each other very much, because you see, even though we were both meant to marry someone else, we were still each other's best friend... he is my daughter's god-father, and I am the god-mother to both of his daughters, and we remained best friends right up until his death in December of 2009.)


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v_kahleranderson 5 years ago from San Jose, California

Just beautiful, KBD. I felt it, the pain...you expressed so much. I love that you can write and share your feeling. It is an awesome thing to do. I really look forward to reading your writings.

God bless,


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@ v_kahleranderson - Thank you, I am humbled by your kind words!

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