in response to an amazing new challenge at Real Toads by Izy, here is my ‘break up’ poem. Please note, this is not a real break up poem for someone right now in my life, but rather a take on a favorite part of an old break up song. The lyrics are here, and the video is here. The song, A Long Goodbye by Brooks & Dunn, could be a staying together song as well. It does play both parts well in the description of relational anguish.
Song plays on the radio. Bought the CD.
I drive, listening to it over and over again.
“Just what kind of love keeps breaking a heart”
Song blasts over the speakers. In the field.
I walk, listening to it, tears falling again.
I know the answer, this kind of love breaks us.
Song plays quietly, waiting for the phone. Ringing.
I listen to your machine, waiting for you.
How long can we keep breaking and not be broken?
Song plays, the band is live. I’m singing loud.
You grab my hand, pulling me close to dance.
Leaning in, feeling a love of broken hearts beat.
Song is done, Quiet at last. Standing tall I walk away.
You watch, knowing it is time to go. We do.
“No matter how I try, I always make you cry.”
Song plays again, years later, iPod perfect tune.
You touch my hand, exchange wry bittersweet smiles.
“All that’s happening here is a long goodbye.”
Song plays, one last time. Dark days looming.
I watch you leaving me for the last time. Gone.
Only death can break up this long goodbye.
Song plays, and they all wonder why I sing.
Your heart and mine, tears and joy, always twined.
“Cause I’m still in love with you
I spend each day here waiting for a miracle”