The Pain of Divorce - Poem

April Poetry Month

Poem #11

I retrace my steps

To the present

And still I am lost

Guided by instinct

I cannot call by name.

Torn apart

And yet I am still here

Surveying the wreckage



Alive, though sooner dead.

Filled with sorrow,

In the dark night

I cry out.

I am appalled at my violent thoughts.

I am repulsed by my logic.

By the cunning of your facade,

I have done you the greater harm,

Yet, I am the more wounded.

©Ann Davis-Adele Haverty 1986

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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

So moving Ann. Beautiful and yet sad. voted up!

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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

What trying times divorce is. Thank you for sharing your emotions. I finished #11 myself and I am putting out #12 today since I will be on a mini vacation in a few days. But there is so many more poems to write! I hope that I can find the words. Jamie

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Neither side goes unscathed, just know it is more akin to skinning your knee than having a wisdom tooth removed. Meaning this pain heals. Beautiful poetry.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Most of us have been in this situation and that old saying 'time heals' is very true. Although you wrote this 1986 I hope you have healed and moved on with your life.

Hint: I flew 6,000 to have a new life and it really work out well for me.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this Ann--such a vulnerable write!

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Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Ann,

"Torn apart

And yet I am still here

Surveying the wreckage"

You have beautifully expressed the pain of divorce."

Voted up and awesome

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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Sueswan, So many can attest to that, sad to say.

Audrey, thank you.

Writer20, thanks for sharing your experience, and happy it worked for you.

Mckbird, good analogy. AD

jhamann, I'm sure you have the words and the will for the poetry, but you just need the time. Wait until you get back, (have a good time) and pick up when you get back. Have a great deserved break!

anan, thank you. I appreciate your comment. AD

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Oh yes my friend brilliant choice of words and thanks for sharing.

Take care and have a great day.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Good morning Eddy. Have a great day, and thanks for the look-see. AD

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