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Jewels from the Heart - for Him and Her

Updated on November 18, 2015
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Nadine joined Kima Global Publishers in 2001. She loves creative writing and has written short stories about her own novel characters.

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Divorce (Him)

My bride in white, our wedding night

Our marriage was “forever”

Each special time, each wine and dine

Said “I will leave you never”


One vicious word was all I heard

I could not comprehend

Your brief affair, you didn’t care

Where this was going to end


My buried pain, we tried again

Inside my fear grew bigger

Another fight, a lonely night

Was this the vital trigger?


Could take no more, I chose the door

No longer wife or lover

I know they say it takes some time

But, when will I recover?

Divorce (Her)

We stood at the altar, exchanged rings and smiled

We felt so together, I had your child

Our laughter was brief, it ended so soon

I feel like my life is in absolute ruin


So many days that we failed to exchange

Touches or words, each one trapped in their rage

So many nights that we slept separately

I wonder why you were first drawn to me?


Each time I see you my heart starts to break

Could it be that our marriage was such a mistake?

And when I remember the love we once had

My eyes fill with tears and I just feel so sad


I thought that together, we would grow old

What happened to vows like, “to have and to hold”

Now all we have left is the child that we share

Our love may be gone, but please know I still care


And now I am forced to continue a life

Single, unmarried, no longer your wife

Friends say that in time I’ll start over again

But what will I do with this terrible pain?

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Denial

I look at you and realize
Some things just take much longer
Perhaps you do not know it yet
One day you will be stronger

I know you will not go there
Or think of what has been
You say it isn’t real yet
And I know what you mean

I know that you imagine
You’ll wake and all will be
The same as it was yesterday
It’s not yet time to see

I know you won’t discuss it
It’s not for me to push
You want to turn the clock back
And this is still your wish

You are still in denial
That’s something you admit
And slowly when you’re ready
It’ll sink in bit by bit

And when it’s time to face it,
To walk your hardest road
Please know that I’ll be waiting
To try to ease your load

In honor of Jeanette Mackenzie whose work we published in 2005, sadly she passed away without her verses being published on line.

Divorce (message from grandparents)

We remember how you took your vows

When your life still seemed exciting

The joy of seeing your babies born

The days before the fighting


We remember seeing you drift apart

And watching the sparkle fade

The pain we felt in our helplessness

For the reconciliation we prayed


The look of our helpless grandchildren

Their fear as your lives split apart

Not knowing what role we should play here

And feeling the ache in our hearts


Wondering how much we could ask you

Yet fearing an angry reply

Feeling your pain right there with you

Aching for you when you cry


Wanting to give reassurance

That we would be there, come what may

Answering our grandchildren’s questions

And choosing the right words to say


Knowing that this is your journey

We feel for what you’re going through

We’re your parents and we’re here to help you

Please remember how much we love you

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely tribute to a very talented writer. Her work will live on forever, the same legacy all of us writers have...I find great comfort in that. :)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for being the first to comment. Yes she will be happy about that.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Interesting to read the different sides affected by the divorce!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting indeed. Seems like neither one wanted the divorce, both were in pain. Sad that Jeanette didn't live to see this published. Her poetry is thought provoking and very good. Thank you for sharing her work....

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Really, beautiful lines! I could relate to so many of them, and poetry has a way to sprinkle peace on sad situations. Happy that Jeanette Mackenzie was published!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks about acknowledging the different sides a divorce has on family.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes we loved is as well and I was so happy with the design of her two little poetry books in a box. Our first ever. We printed some for her family and friends but it never got any other exposure.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes we took on her work but is sadly never reached the public the way we hoped it would, so this is a great way to get it out.

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      enjoy life 3 years ago from Europe

      Beautiful poems, thank you for sharing these.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Glad you like it. Enjoy your day!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Divorce - from - Jewels from the heart is an interesting and thoughtful poem.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you DDE

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      somethgblue 3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      I read it and wondered where was the ownership, neither willing to admit a mistake, unable to admit what was at stake.

      It reminded me of how I was able to get past the grief, by claiming my part and finding relief.

      By humbling myself I was able to see how my behavior had deceived me . . . oh poor pitiful me!

      Until I was able to find my part, I wallowed in misery and felt all was for naught.

      As Gloria Stienem once said "The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off." I'd like to add until I owned the truth, recognized my part and made amends to myself and the other party, I truly had no hope of moving beyond the misery.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Nadine, Jeanette was a very talented poet. It's a shame she can't be here to bask in the joy her words bring others. Bravo to you for immortalizing her work. The series on divorce from three different perspectives is like having a conversation with each party. I love her work.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like the multiple perspectives that are provided here on one couple's divorce. I think Jeanette knows that you furthered her work, and she is happy and grateful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful poetry, poignant, but it is interesting to read from all three perspective, divorce can often have a rippling effect that can impact on the lives of more than just two people. Excellent work.

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      Iris Canham 3 years ago from Johannesburg, Gauteng

      Very beautiful poetry. I found it deeply reflective. A friend and I were chatting about why our communities felt the need to all be part of someone's wedding. In many of our small communities when were married, no matter how small you chose your wedding to be, the next day would be a community celebration. So when the couple parts, the community feels the pain. Jeanette reflects the pain of three sides in such a thought provoking manner. Thank you for bringing her work online Nadine. Much love.

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Very moving poetry about a difficult subject. Enjoyed!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      excellent Nadine dear, very nice sharing, i enjoyed reading all through and also bookmarked it, million blessings!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Very well said somethgblue . Thanks for your sharing.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by bravewarrior Jeanette was a very nice person to work with at the time.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes FlourishAnyway she did that in many of her verses. Writing from different angles of a chosen topic.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Iris glad to see you. Yes she was very aware what an effect divorce has on people in a close community.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by Writer Fox and thanks Passionate for bookmarking her work

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      With family members recently divorced, I felt every emotion while reading these verses. It is such a feeling of helplessness when loved ones you know end a marriage. Beautiful words. I am thankful for the author who expressed the pain.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I'm so glad that the verses helped you. Yes its hard for family members and friends to watch the couples pain from a distance, especially when children are involved.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Truly beautiful poetry and thanks for sharing. Voting up, sharing and wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your vote and sharing Eddy

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      So very well expressed. Divorce is never easy no matter how agreeable it may seem. A marriage is like a living thing and ripping it in half is one of the most horrible experiences there is.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes is is very hard on the couple especially if one party is not ready for it and the other wants out of the marriage.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Deep, intense and heart breaking poems so well expressed with your poetic words. great write.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks Nithya for your kind words knowing you love reading poetry

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