Saturday, March 2, 2013

How to Survive a Breakup


You’ll find shadows of yourself:
In the classrooms, by the lake,
Tell me that it’s healthy,
that you wanted different things.

Obsessively check your phone:
but there are no missed calls, no texts,
no tethers to the outside world for you.
Lock the doors and draw the curtains.

Go to the gym. 
Realize that you’re not very good at the gym.
And order in Chinese takeout.

The next day, wake up alone
in a cold bed.  Resolve to go back to
your life.  Set your bones free
from the prison of flesh.

There will be others that
love your sharp edges and
see through the veneer
you’ve carefully constructed.

Alone is not a curse.
Spidery cobwebs blunt the too bright
lights. You are often beautiful, and even
more often in doubt.

The the world is bigger
than a stamp on an evelope.
Pull back the curtains
and look at the stars.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, Hannah. So much to love about this poem. A few lines that I especially liked:

    Go to the gym.
    Realize that you’re not very good at the gym.
    And order in Chinese takeout.

    Alone is not a curse.

    Pull back the curtains and look at the stars.

    Beautiful.

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  2. I love your poem. You captured the feeling of along. Checking for missed calls is so true. It's a story of survival.

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  3. "There will be others who love your sharp edges.." - very true! Love the poem!

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  4. Wow. This is a wonderful poem. Every line sounded so familiar. I love the last two lines.

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  5. Love your poem! Thought you captured a break up, especially obsessively check the phone!

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  6. I just loved that last stanza - what a powerful way to end a powerful poem.

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  7. Shadow of yourself
    cold bed
    Chinese take out

    Very strong imagery. A little bit of hope at the end when the curtains are opened to look at the stars.
    Does this woman know Snow White? They both sound sad.

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