Over Time

I never could see my life without him
But there stood this broken trust

Shoving past all that I had come to know would only lead to regrets piled atop regrets –
never again feeling safe

As great as this love was
I knew me
It would not end well
So, I let it go in the most awful way
Never to see, or speak to him for ever
Time is not always the healer
she purports to be
Years later when we could again speak
He asked.
I explained.
That was not about you, I said.
That was about keeping that thread I was hanging by intact.

Pat R
6/22/21

Isn’t it pretty to think so.
–The Sun Also Rises (1926). Ernest Hemingway

Over at dVerse we are to write a poem based on a chosen quote from Hemingways work. I chose the above.

Linking to dVerse Poets Pub where Lisa is hosting Poetics -“One true sentence” . To read other entries go here

29 responses to “Over Time

  1. Some women like the bad boys, and you’re correct, most often it does not end well. Cold turkey is a selfish, albeit, although possibly necessary means of parting the sheets.

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  2. This is a great poem based on a Hemingway quote, because it’s something I could imagine happening in one of his novels. A parting you can never really get over. But still it was necessary for the reasons you gave!

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  3. This hits close to home! Evocative and powerful! I like;
    “Years later when we could again speak
    He asked.
    I explained.
    That was not about you, I said.
    That was about keeping that thread I was hanging by intact.”

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  4. Our past follows us and resurfaces to remind us of how far we’ve grown: I love this, Pat: “Years later when we could again speak, He asked. I explained.” Closure is more precious than we know. The need to move on is so fulfilling. ❤

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