When Everything Changed - Love Poem about Changes in Relationships

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He looked at me straight on and told me he couldn't see me anymore

I looked down at my hands, gripping each other,

And told myself that it didn’t matter.


He told me that he was really sorry, really sad to hurt me

As I stared at the crack in the plaster

On the wall where our picture hung.


He told me that he hurt, too, that he would miss me

And my eyes lingered on his freckled dimple

As his lips continued to move.


He told me how things had changed, he couldn’t help it,

I cleared my throat and looked away, straightening

A stray hair that had fallen in my eye.


He asked me if I would be okay... if I would be okay...

As he touched my cheek and followed my eyes

Looking at him without expression


And I wondered why I had never before noticed

The way his eyes were too close together

And his lips too thin.


April is National Poetry Month

This is my first poem of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. This great celebration was brought to my attention by hubber AudreyHowitt. Check out Audrey's work, as this poet already has a great collection of poetry and will write more in the next 30 days. Join us as we share poetry this month. You may not be able to do one a day (nor can I!), but do try to contribute to this worthy and exciting celebration of poetry!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This is beautiful, deep and profound!


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Great poem. Enjoyed reading it.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

This is great, Vicki! That numbness that comes from being blindsided like this comes through, that surreal sense. Lovely job!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Vinaya. I appreciate those words.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you enjoyed the poem, Angelo! Good to see you again!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Brava Victoria!! Brava!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

a very well written piece here :) Frank


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jhamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

This is a perfect start for Poetry Month. I remembered feelings that I had encountered when I was in similar situations. Thank you. Oh...I got my first poem out today. Can't wait to read more! Jamie


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, Poetric Fool, such a great compliment coming from you! I'm glad the numbness, being blindsided, surreal sense all came through. Wonderful! Thank you!


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Voted thumbs up and awesome!

You've captured that universal moment when the heart--shattered and left bleeding--struggles to survive.

Thank you for this human snapshot, brilliantly written, and even more so for having had the strong will to endure so that you could someday write about it.

Your gift to the world is greatly appreciated, Victoria Lynn.

Aloha!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

"Love is blind". Great poem, Victoria!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Audrey! Here we go...!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Yes, love is blind and unconditional. My 11 years of emotional commitment ended four days before Christmas, very much to my surprise. For the most part, this poem summarized our relationship. It's a tough experience if it's the first time you've ever been in love and the news comes as a shock and you want answers, but you don't even know what questions to ask. It's very much like someone passed away. Thanks Victoria.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Wow Victoria this was so intense and sad but mirrors that moment when everything comes rushing in, the shock. Love does cover a multitude of things doesn't it. Very good writing. You captured this hurt so very well..

Hugs,

Sunnie


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Frank! Much appreciated!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Glad you could relate, jhamann! I read yours, too. So good!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thank you, hawaii....What wonderful comments! I'm glad I captured that moment....Aloha!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Made--so much!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Wow, ytsehoh, 11 years! I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm glad the poem captured something for you. I do know how a relationship ending feels like a death. I have been through that before, for sure. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this. I hope you are healing from your loss. Take care.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sunnie, for your comments. Very insightful. That means so much!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

When the rose colored glasses are broken, we see people for what they are. Sometimes they are even more beautiful and sometimes like the man you described in your poem. It is lovely. Thank you.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Oh yes, been there had that done did not like it, loved this hub. I don't remember reading poetry by you in the past but this was beautifully done.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This is so very beautiful. Loved it - beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Great poem, voted up.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG...Victoria.....This is so moving. I felt her emotions! I just love it. I wanted to cry for "her" and tell him to take his ego and phony concerns & go away!

UP +++


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Gut wrenching...


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Victoria, I had to chuckle at the end, when you said you hadn't noticed that his eyes were too close together and his lips too thin! Were you relieved that he was breaking up with you? You didn't seem to mind at all!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Heypenbird--I like your comment about the rose colored glasses. So true. Thanks for your comments!


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

That's crazy, I wonder what makes people wake up one morning and say.. I love you but...... But what..

What changed?

Did I?

Why so sudden?

Is the sex bad?

You just realize you don't belong here anymore?

Where you blind?

Did I force you to accept me?

....................

The question are endless....

Nice hub Lynn.. I was almost forgetting this was your hub and not mine... lol!..

Love it.. Like my Mum will always say to me..

Oghor, welcome to reality..

This things happen a lot!

I never stop to ask why?

Do the men get tired of seeing one face

Do they just want more excitement in their life.. why the excuse... Never mind. Great poem!.. I guess it borders me so much because my dad is that kind of man!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Wonderful poem Victoria Lynn - I didn't realize you were such a poet! A woman of many talents. Isn't it true how we look at someone once he or she hurts us and the love is lifted?


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, billybuc! I have published quite a bit of poetry on this site, mostly earlier on. I'm so glad you liked it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Vellur. Glad you love it. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

effer--I feel great that you got that from the poem! Thanks so much for telling me that!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, AA Zavala. Simple, yet effective comment.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cardisa...glad I made you chuckle! LOL. I think she was looking for a reason to tell herself she didn't want him anyway! :-)


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Victoria... touching poem and one which is profound in the way it speaks to the heart... very well written...

Hugs from Canada


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writtenbylv 4 years ago from Atlanta, Ga.

Beautiful Poem Victoria, and thank you for sharing with us all. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

haha, capedium--it's easy to get carried away, huh? :-) Glad you got something out of the poem!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Ardie. I published a lot of poetry hubs when I first started. Going to try to write some new ones and recycle some old ones this month. Yes, it changes so much after someone hurts us. Thanks, girl, for reading and commenting on my poem!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Rolly. I appreciate that so much. And the Canadian hugs! :-)


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Wow such a profoundly moving poem. It absolutely opzes with emotions.

Voting up


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

It cuts like a knife saying goodbye, it hurts so deep inside and both people are numb from it for days, weeks,months and sometimes years. I've been there and felt that type of sorrow and pain. Well done, your emotions jumped off the page right into my soul. Hugs


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Truly beautiful Victoria and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, writtenbylv!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for the comment and the vote, Rosemay. Glad you liked it!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vincent, My words touching your soul is quite a compliment. I thank you for that!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Eddy! I appreciate that so much!


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great comment and warning on how we should be careful.

A lovely, deeply thoughtful poem.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Well done Victoria, this is wonderful!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Blossom! I do appreciate your lovely comments.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Movie Master. I'm glad you think so!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great poem. I grew up with this saying that anyone with thin lips can be a mean person... Who really knows?

Voted up and beautiful.

It's good to meet you and I'll look forward to reading more of your hard work, Joyce.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

writer20--Interesting what you say about thin lips....I don't know. Hmmmm. Thanks for the votes. Nice to meet you, too!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Well I'm excited! I can't wait to read more of your poems. I just got my notifications for new Hubs in my email so I better get through them and see if you posted anything new :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, my goodness, I made Ardie excited. I HAVE arrived! Seriously, that means a lot that you want to read my poetry!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Really? Haha you're so funny. Who wouldn't be excited to read your poetry and other Hubs! You keep me sounding literate :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Seriously, Ardie, I'm truly flattered! You are so dang awesome, girl!!!!

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