This poem was written for a friend of mine who was trying to decide what to do with a relationship with someone he once loved, and while looking inside himself, he realized he still did. Yet the relationship did not seem to be the best one for him, or in the long run for either of them. But how do you turn and walk away when a portion of your heart is longing to stay? That is a question only the heart and mind can answer and it is not an easy one to answer. Do you put your heart on the line again, or do you close the door and slowly walk away? Only you can decide.

This poem originally was published in Sad Poems

Letting Go
How do you walk away from someone you love
And take the road of friend;
Can you reroute the course you have taken
And start over once again?

I don't really want to let you go
But inside me I know I must;
The times we've loved . . . the times you've left
My heart says stay . . . but it's my mind I must trust.

We have shared so much together
Laughter . . . fun times . . . tears;
Yet sometimes we can't turn back time
We must walk away, and allow ourselves to heal.

I know one day you will be happy
And your soulmate you will find;
I know we each have one out there
Even if for now . . . only in our minds.

May life be gentle with you
May God's best come your way;
And on some quiet tomorrow
You will realize things were better this way.

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  • Chanda
    I loved this poem, and can relate so well to it. Its hard to let go of what you once thought would last a lifetime.
  • siphesihle
    I can relate,turning your back on someone you love is not that easy!It just makes me realise that our wants may not be the best thing for us!
  • Divina
    This poem is really great! I haven't seen a poem that is very related on my experience. Yes it is true that loving someone who cannot love you back is the most hurtful experience but life should move on, it might not easy but i really have to do it. Thanks to the author u did an amazing job!
  • Lisa
    Oh my That poem really is great! I have been trying to let go of a first love, we got back in touch after 15 yrs, and we want it but we know in our hearts we must move on, and i am trying so hard to do just that, and your poem made me realize how i must face this.
  • Alexa
    This poem is exactly what i needed. I know me and my ex arn't supposed to be together and this completed what i needed to say
  • lynn
    I like this poem because most of it is what im trying to tell my boyfriend, i think me n him should just be friends but then he loves me too much and cries which makes me sad and sometimes i think i sould tell him but when i try to explain it he cries, he loves me alot more then i love him and wants a long term relationship but im still a teen and young and still dont know if hes the one. I want to experience other guys and find the one but he wont understand, i do love him and if we were to break up i would miss him but i cant find a way too tell him. :(
  • tine
    this is really, like saying what i am experiencing right now, its not easy to move on and let go. but there are circumstances that you must do it.
  • Sasheka
    i am right now battle with the same decision, ur poem helped alot.
  • Angie
    I liked what you had to say, abuot letting go but wanting the other person to find happiness one day. It fits exactly with what I feel about my soon to be ex husband, I don't want to be bitter.
  • Naomi
    I very much liked this poem, I have a friend who is finding it hard to let go of her ex, and I was trying to find a poem that would help her find closure and realize that letting him go is better for her than trying to keep him in her life. This poem reflects everything perfectly, and hopefully it will help her move on, as I hope it helped your friend also.
  • Lalaina
    This is so Beautiful I jus wanted to cry
  • E
    As I read: I felt, I thought, I was touched. Thanks, E.
  • heather
    your poem is a heart toughching poem wheni read more and more poem expecally good ones like this one it encoragese me to makes me want to be like u and be able to wright really good poems like you
  • swetha
    ur poem brought all feelings in my heart so beautifully i really liked it coz it aint complex but yet brings the feeling out into the open
  • christi
    The poem that you have put together really helps put my words in place i have been in a relationship for seven years and also had his baby. I am having a hard time moving on not that i can't its just that i feel quilty about moving on with this guy that i met. but this helped me understand that when its just not meant to be you just need to move on away from the sitution. Thanx,
  • She
    tears welled into my eyes. i'm undergoing the same situation and it really hurts. emotions transalated into simple words.
  • Olga
    This poem helped me alo. i really liked it because i was going threw the similar thing. I broke up with my ex boyfriend and i knew it was for the best but like the poem said i really didnt want to let go but indide me i knew i must. Thanks
  • kris
    There are times when you think that you have found the right one for you but unfortunately you found out that you dont share the same feelings. It hurts and no matter how you want to fight for it, its useless and there's no better way but to let go.
  • ron
    could not had said it any better myself
  • james
    Im crying my eyes out right now. This is exactly what I'm going through. After 10yrs. I had to walk away from probably the best man I will ever know. Very, very good poem.
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