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I Was Not Selfish for Letting You Go - a Poem about Love and Letting Someone Go

Updated on February 24, 2013
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No, I was not being mean

And I was not selfish

when I left after short goodbyes.

More than a cliché—

Cold as ice but real.

I break through muffled cries.


I was not selfish

As I was never—

But you can’t know how I feel . . .

The deepening cuts,

The daily raw wounds

That neither one could heal.


It wasn’t about me

But yet it was

The things I couldn’t share.

I no longer could hide

The force that drove me

With you so unaware.


I couldn’t unleash

The demons that chased.

That just wouldn’t be fair.

And if I did

Then what of it?

I don’t know you’d even care.


Sometimes I would speak

You didn’t relate

So why should I even try?

So don’t say I’m selfish

For letting you go

When I had to say goodbye.


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    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      raciniwa--I'm glad you liked the poem. Yes, it can be mysterious. Thank you.

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      raciniwa 

      5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great poem Vicky...i don't know the emotion it evokes in me...i really don't want to say goodbye, but if it's the only way... well, life is mysterious...

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, swb78! I appreciate that. Glad you could feel it. I felt strongly about this poem.

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      Scott Biddulph 

      5 years ago from Gainesville Georgia

      Very nice imagery in this poem. I could feel the finality of the narrators decision. Voting up!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sharyn--I have a hard time letting go, too. It can be so hard!!!! Even when the relationship is bad for us!

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ well I enjoyed this and kept thinking to myself about how I have such a difficult time "letting go." It's not easy yet doing so is taking care of yourself. I need to be better at that!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Sometimes it is best to just let go and not say anything.

      Voted up and awesome, Victoria.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, teaches! You are so right!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Sounds like the relationship was one-sided. It is hard to build lasting relationships if the other person is not willing to listen. Good share on this thought.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So true, always exploring. Thanks so much for the comment!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Trinity. So glad you think so!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautifully written Victoria. Sometimes there is just nothing left to say...

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      xstatic--I love your description. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Trinity M 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful poem VictoriaLynn. You have a wonderful way with words that brings emotions to life. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great poem Victoria Lynn. I was once greatly criticized for jsut saying goodbye, for not allowing "closure" when, really, closure had been like a slamming door, simply unheard. There was nothing left to say. Up!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Bill--I like what you said about fluttering. That's cool! I wouldn't say it's effortless fluttering, but I do appreciate your thinking it to be. :-) Your compliments mean a lot--thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Happyboomernurse--Your comment summed it up perfectly. Thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      poojasd7--I'm glad the poem touched you. And I'm glad you understood it. Thanks so much.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      arb, I always love your comments. They are often funny or frequently poetic. This one is very poetic. Thank you!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Liz--thanks for much. I'm glad it's something people can relate to. And I really love your compliment about my writing. THANK YOU!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Fennelseed. I'm glad you liked it. Yes, sometimes being a relationship is a lonely thing if you can't share everything--for whatever reason. Thanks for your comments. Take care.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Vellur. I do appreciate that!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Curiad, I'm sorry to hear what you're going through. That's tough. Thanks for commenting.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are so talented Vicki! You flutter between poetry and prose, information and soulful works, and it is seemingly effortless. Love it girl! Great job once again.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      There is much painful truth in this poem. Sometimes trying to remain together when communication attempts have broken down is more painful than moving on and freeing both parties for a new beginning.

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      poojasd7 

      6 years ago from India

      Letting someone go is the most unselfish deed. It means you are not forcing that person to stay when that person doesn't really make an effort to understand you.

      Very deep poem Victoria. Touches the soul.

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      arb 

      6 years ago from oregon

      A beautiful poem Victoria. What isn't said or written is reason enough to say good bye. Love is a music which can not escape the ear. If we are trying to hear it, it isn't there. Saying good bye is a prerequisite to saying hello. Be well.

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      Liz Walmoth 

      6 years ago

      This was so honest, it instantly brought back emotions I felt in the past. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself. It's a good example of what real writing is all about.

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Yes, I relate to this too and you have put down the feelings in words so well, Victoria.

      "The things I couldn’t share

      I no longer could hide

      The force that drove me

      With you so unaware"

      Its makes for a place in a relationship that is very, very lonely. Beautiful raw poetry about taking a stance for the better. Thank you for sharing, my votes and best wishes to you .

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, great poem. Voted up.

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Debbie, it was actually a little scary to publish this one as it is some others, as I share feelings I've felt. But it makes me feel good that so many people can relate. So it's all worth it. Thanks so much for your support!

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      Mark G Weller 

      6 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I can relate to this Victoria, I just went through it a few months ago. The feelings last much longer though.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Laurinzo, that is a great compliment to wish you had written it. I feel that way so many times when reading other poets. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, shucks, Joyce--thanks!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Victoria.. this is so true so many times..you know how to write what we think and either need to do or don't have the courage to do. simply Beautiful and thank you for writing about it

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, lovedoctor. I appreciate that!

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      Live To Write 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      This is a very beautiful poem Victoria... the kind that every poet wishes.... (wish i'd written that!) Very good expression of a very difficult time... Wow!

    • Victoria Lynn profile imageAUTHOR

      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Kelley--Maybe you should share it with your friend--or not. :-) It's hard to get involved. Saying goodbye is horrible but necessary sometimes. Thanks for commenting. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lannm--That is a wonderful comment! Thank you so much. I just visited your profile and see your passion, too. Thanks so much!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Very touching and thoughtful. You write so well for all us to enjoy.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting, Joyce.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      AW, thanks, Josh! I appreciate it!

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      Heartfelt and touching. A very good poem.

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      kelleyward 

      6 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL POEM VICTORIA!!! This reminds me of my friend who is having difficulty with her husband right now. It's so hard to say goodbye but sometimes it's something that we have to do. Thanks for sharing! Kelley

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      lannm 

      6 years ago from Out here somewhere

      Vicki,

      The true passion you have for writing shines through all your hubs... I really enjoy reading your work. Thanks

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      You sure had a beautiful way with words with this poem. Very thought provoking and superb imagery my friend. Thanks for sharing Vicki!

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