This poem is the result of the breakup of my marriage. Overcoming the loss of a love is a painful process, but one we can learn from. This piece describes but a fraction of the feelings experienced at this loss.

This poem originally was published in Sad Poems - Sad Love Poems

To Watch You Leaving
To Watch You Leaving . . .

is to know such pain, it's jagged edges tearing into my soul. As a stake from the garden tears into the warm, dark earth.

To Watch You Leaving . . .

knowing all the while that never again will I fit myself, warm with sleep, against your solid back.

Nor hear your steady breathing. Or feel the beating of your heart.

To Watch You Leaving . . .

aware in every moment of every day that my dreams, my future; once tied with silken ribbons to yours, will never come to be.

And the mornings once so silent and hopeful, us gazing at the mountains and so gently awaiting forever - are now but small pieces of my past.

To Watch You Leaving . . .

your heart a tight fist of anger and your dry eyes betraying nothing of you. I cry for both of us, my love, because you will not.

To Watch You Leaving . . .

is to know that I've lost my place on this earth. My station. My heart's home. That I will wander, forever a nomad. Alone and afraid. And in my troubled dreams watch you leave, again and again.

For the balance of my days.

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  • Stacy
    This poem has truly touched my heart. I loved it!
  • shokozuki
    this poem really touched it reminds of the day my girl left me,i really enjoyed it keeeppp it up write more.
  • Jessica
    Jocelyn, I thought your poem was great. I could really relate to almost every word written.
  • Rita
    Wonderful Poem - It happened in my life - I know all about it
  • kristen
    this poem was a total insperation to me this is exactly how i feel after breaking up with my boyfriend of 5 years. there is no better way that i can put my thought and feelings into words! thank you!
  • shan
    i really liked this poem because its hard for me to watch my mum have to make such a mess of her life and have to leave to another town. When she got kicked out of my nana and grandads house i saw her before she left the tears were swelling up in her eyes and when she left it hit me my mum is going. i have the choice to go with her but if i do i know i wont make much of my life. and to see her life just get worse is really sad. this poem has explained exactly how i feel.
  • ann
    i love your poem. it makes me cry. continued to post very soul searching poems.
  • Stephanie
    This made me cry this is how i feel knowing my love will never be agian because we feel in love and we said things we should have never said to one another and i hate that i cant feel him anymore W/E
  • Himani
    What a wonderful poems is this.
  • Pam
    In searching for written words that could possibly express, or even come close to describing the pain that I have suffered in the past 4 1/2 years, I read your poem and sobbed. It is as though you have lived my experience or something equally as tragic. It is so real--just gutwrenching.
  • Stacey
    Wonderfully well written; hurt me to read it, even though I have been happily re-married for over 7 years now, and my own painful divorce was 12 years previously. This really made me feel for the author - hope to see more from you, and hope she is doing well.
  • Margie
    This poem is so beautiful. It captures what I am feeling right now because my husband recently left me. The pain can be unbearable. And you do relive it in your dreams every night.
  • Day
    Awesome
  • Nikki
    that is the story of my life. my love life anyways. thanks for writing it.
  • nida
    its just simply great
  • Nakeisha
    I like this very much and hope that you are not going through this right now!
  • Unknown
    This poem reminds me about my X Boyfriend that i really love until now. It was 2 years ago wen we broke up but i cant still get over with him,=c
  • katie
    i've been divorced 25 years from a man who walked out of my life. In time we became best friends. he died 2 yrs. ago,and i miss him so much. The poem just brought it back.
  • Kathy
    Jocelyn, I know exactly how you feel. it's a gut wrenching, heartbreaking experience. I hope you are doing well. Kathy
  • Tanzi
    This poem was very beautiful and made me cry, because I have watched the only man I ever truly loved leave. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
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