It Hurts


Heartache is the essence of love

Whether it is happy or sad

Heartache is a part of love

Loving someone so much it hurts

Or the pain from love lost

All come from the very core of love

There is no way to avoid that pain

It goes hand in hand with the joys

Love is not for the faint of heart

And often it happens at a time or place

That we never had planned

But in spite of the pain involved

It is the most beautiful feeling

After all there is that saying –

There is a fine line between pleasure and pain

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – essence

The Wind Knocked Out Of Me

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After your words

Pierced my broken heart

I felt so hollow inside

Unable to respond

I only swallowed hard

And fought back tears

My silent response

Should have been enough

To tell you that I

Was slowly dying inside

Crushed you could be

So very hurtful to me

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hollow

Verified Indifference

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“It is over.”

Was what she had said

He was indifferent

And that sealed the deal

She had made the right decision

His cavalier response

To her goodbye

Was just more evidence

Of his lack of caring

When he was no longer

Willing to fight

For what they had

She knew on her own

Was where she should be

No matter how frightening

That looming loneliness seemed

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – cavalier


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Dig a little deeper

Aim the shovel downwards

Tunnel to my soul

Each word you say

Reaches deeper

And you toss

What is left behind

In a pile of uncaring

Soon I will be hollow

Unable to trust

Unable to believe

Unable to love

And the vastness

You leave in me

Will only remind me

Of your cold empty heart

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – shovel

That Smell

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The repugnant stench

Of indifference hits me

And I can’t help but wonder

What about the words of regret

Where was the sense of loss

I though you said this is not what you wanted

Are you really not saying one word

Nice to know I was not worth fighting for

At least not to you

But to someone I will be worth the fight

They will respect me and show concern

Which is only part of what

You didn’t know how to do

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – repugnant

The Time Is Now

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I need to get through this

I need to make it to the other side

No matter how bad it hurts

Sometimes the right things do

I steady my resolve

And swallow hard

Take a deep breath

The time for the end draws near

My nerves are rattled

And there is no turning back now

I look at you one last time

And we quietly say our goodbyes

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – resolve

Now I Am Grounded

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Like a fissure in the ground

After a massive earthquake

You shook me to my breaking point

And I am left alone and damaged

But I can rebuild and find my confidence

I am getting stronger every day

And certainly more independent

With you gone I feel a weight lifted

Tomorrow once again holds hope

The future has recovery and love around the corner

All I have to do is walk the broken ground to find it

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – fissure

An Eye Full

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The couple sat at a café having lunch.  It was a beautiful summer day, and this café wasn’t far from the beach.  “Do you want to go down to the shore after lunch, maybe get our feet wet,” Diana asked?

Steve drew his eyes back to her and replied, “Only if you let me ogle all the bathing beauties.”

Diana threw her napkin on the table and said, “That’s it!  I have put up with behavior like this for years and you never take the time to ogle me.  Go to the beach and see your fill, I am done!”

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – ogle

(100 words)

Me Too

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He has done it again

And with next to no effort

Quashed my hopes

By ignoring me again

We used to interact

We used to share

But now the world has become

All about him and

He can’t be bothered with others

Maybe that was always him

Maybe I just didn’t see it

But I am beyond playing games

Life is about me too

And I am seeing this through to

The end

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – quash