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Poem About Failed Relationships: When It's Time To Say Goodbye And Move On

Updated on March 9, 2011

When things go sour, they seem to spiral

With a rapidity that leaves you stunned in denial

How could things have been so perfect today

Only to plunge into near total dismay

Life is short; we think we know

How bonds will last and continue to grow

Caught unaware by life’s little bubbles

We find ourselves in relationship troubles

Whether friend, family, or intimate lover

All too soon, we find, yes, it’s over

Most people don’t see it coming

As they rush through life humming

Hoping for better days, wishing for good

All along might we have looked if we could

Why do we go through life only to find

To an inevitable outcome we’ve been blind

We know deep down one’s faults and strengths

But we tend to ignore them even to great lengths

We see the pattern begin to unravel

But relationship rocks we fear to travel

Life is a path of many stones aligned

Each one bringing us to a point in time

Reaching a deadend it behooves us to ask

Can I find peace, am I up to the task

Forging new paths, leaving things behind

Is part of the process to reach peace of mind

Sometimes it hurts much more than we thought

But things considered, new hope is sought

Life’s journey is a sum of the whole

What you want by the end is your soul

Sometimes we pick well, sometimes so badly

Things that worked once can end up quite sadly

All you can figure from the whole ordeal

It was meant as part of the roulette wheel

When things go off course and you see it clearly

It doesn’t mean you did not love dearly

The means to an end, a learning chance

One more song in life’s long, long dance

How do compliments turn to assaults

Talents now being recounted as faults

It seems to have happened without a reason

But the saying is ‘to everything there’s a season’

Whatever the reason for hurtful displays

It becomes obvious you need to part ways

Life is a ride, no guarantees in sight

All we can do is what we think right

Making the most of today’s the clue

Even if it means having to say ‘adieu’

Why would you ask what is the matter

We need be done with all this chatter

Life is too short to sputter and fight

It matters not who’s wrong or right

Times change, things end, people are wiser

Sometimes moving on is the great equalizer

Good and bad I still value the time

When we were and even were not in rhyme

Nothing’s in vain I truly believe

Look back on things and do not grieve

We are always better for the run

Can’t change it anyhow once said and done

We can’t edit out the cold and the crappy

What matters most now is to be happy

When things fall apart, don’t look back

Face forward; find the right track


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    • Majadez profile image

      Maja Dezulovic 

      6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Loved it! You summed it all up perfectly! ;)

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      7 years ago from New Zealand

      This is well written and too painfully true, I don't want this to be true though.:( I wrote a poem about my recent loss and the words in this one hit home with a truth I dare not believe. :(

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Susan - thanks so much for the read - and yes, please feel free to use it but please attribute it to me.

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      susan farnish 

      7 years ago

      the first poem has been the most helpful tool I have had in moving on from codependent failed relationships I even use it in my therapy, I would appreciate reading the end verses and request permission. Thank you

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Genna - I dabble!

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      Genna East 

      8 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      And a poet too? Very nice.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      writinginalasia - Thanks so much for stopping by and will have to read your writing as well!

    • writinginalaska profile image


      8 years ago from southeast Alaska

      so true, i liked this very much. i recently posted a poem as well called Puzzle Pieces about ending a recent relationship and saying goodbye to him. I think i will follow you. Great stuff :)

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      8 years ago from New York City

      Great poem! Thank you....

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Too funny - easier said than done and hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20! Thanks for reading, Nell!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I missed this one somehow. This is so true, if things go wrong we should all be out the door! I just wish someone would give me a lift! ha ha thanks nell

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Charlie! Appreciate all that coming from a pro like you in the poetry department. Only problem is once I get started on that rhyming stuff, everything starts to go through my head in rhymes. A little weird - but oh well - we'll just add it to the whirlwind in there already!

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      8 years ago

      'When things fall apart, don’t look back

      Face forward; find the right track' I need to learn this lesson as I am no fighter. Hey that's pretty good rhyming Audrey. A lot here to contemplate, and I shall, rated up dear as always, much love, CC

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Darlene! Sometimes you just gotta give it up and go in a new direction.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      8 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wonderful, and I think it is my time thank you so much for this mind provoking experience...thumbs up

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      You are too kind - I'm not sure if 2 poems qualifies me as a poet but it just happened. Weird! Thanks so much though for commenting, Holle.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      A poet, too?? Very inspirational.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Justine!

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      8 years ago

      "When things fall apart, don’t look back

      Face forward; find the right track"

      such a hard thing to do sometimes, but its really the only way to keep going forward. This is a great poem, keep it up!!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks De Greek - I'm afraid I'm not sure exactly how this got started and now it is hard to turn it off.

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      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      Aha! A poet no less :-)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Yes, life - the big ride! Thanks for commenting sandyspider.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Nice poem. It says so much about life.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Oh Suziecat you are too kind! That's only my second ever attempt and I'm still just fooling around. The thing I don't like about it is once I get started, I keep rhyming things all the time...Bob is getting a little tired of me 'speaking in rhyme' although I guess it beats speaking in tongues! Thanks so much for reading.

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I didn't know you were a poet. Very nice. And it's true - sometimes we find ourselves thrown onto a new road and all we can do is decide which direction to go in.


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