Top 7 Breakup Poems To Deal With Your Heartbreak

Soothe the pain of a breakup with profound and heartfelt poems that give words to your feelings.

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Breakups are never easy to deal with, and they are one of the hardest things that one can ever go through in life. It involves intense pain and sorrow, and you may find it difficult to forget your past relationship. But here is a good collection of breakup poems that can soothe your soul and give hope for a better future. Check out this article for some sad breakup poems that will make you realize that you are alone. Scroll down for more information.

4 Sad Breakup Poems

30 sad breakup poems to read
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1. Heavy

That time
I thought I could not
go any closer to grief
without dying

I went closer,
and I did not die.
Surely God
had his hand in this,

as well as friends.
Still, I was bent,
and my laughter,
as the poet said,

was nowhere to be found.
Then said my friend Daniel,
(brave even among lions),
“It’s not the weight you carry

but how you carry it–
books, bricks, grief–
it’s all in the way
you embrace it, balance it, carry it

when you cannot, and would not,
put it down.”
So I went practicing.
Have you noticed?

Have you heard
the laughter
that comes, now and again,
out of my startled mouth?

How I linger
to admire, admire, admire
the things of this world
that are kind, and maybe

also troubled –
roses in the wind,
the sea geese on the steep waves,
a love
to which there is no reply?

–Mary Oliver

2. If I’d Never Met You

“If I’d never met you,
I wouldn’t feel the pain
Of losing your sweet love;
I wouldn’t feel insane.

But if I’d never met you,
I wouldn’t know the pleasure
Of ecstasy’s warm gifts
And memories to treasure.

Now moving on with life,
I force a wistful grin,
Questioning what went wrong,
Wondering what might have been.”

– Joanna Fuchs

3. After Love

“There is no magic any more,

We meet as other people do,
You work no miracle for me
Nor I for you.
You were the wind and I the sea –
There is no splendor any more,
I have grown listless as the pool
Beside the shore.

But though the pool is safe from storm
And from the tide has found surcease,
It grows more bitter than the sea,
For all its peace.”

– Sara Teasdale

4. Oxymoronic Love

“Hatred is the new love. Rage is right. Touch
is touch. The collars of the coat, turned down,
point up. The corners of our hearts are smoothed
with rough. Our glass breaks slick, our teeth
rip soft.

We are sipping from the water’s thirst. We were lost
at first. From the finish, begun. We undergo
the pain the other knows. We are cartoon yards
where dogs dig for lost bones. Esoteric,
we are full of holes. That need to be filled.
That need to be dug. We are under-loved.
We are under-known. Give to us and we are
downcast and uplifted and sift like water
and sand like stone. We are greedy, we are
gone. We are helpless, we are prone. Drain us
or fill us and we’ll ache a vast installment.
Let us empty. Let us alone. Madness
is our happiness. Sadness is our home.”

– Jennifer Militello

3 Painful Breakup Poem

5. The Fist

“The fist clenched round my heart
loosens a little, and I gasp
brightness; but it tightens
again. When have I ever not loved
the pain of love? But this has moved

past love to mania. This has the strong
clench of the madman, this is
gripping the ledge of unreason, before
plunging howling into the abyss.

Hold hard then, heart. This way at least you live.”

– Derek Walcott

6. What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, and Where, and Why

“What lips my lips have kissed, and where, and why,
I have forgotten, and what arms have lain
Under my head till morning; but the rain
Is full of ghosts tonight, that tap and sigh
Upon the glass and listen for reply,
And in my heart there stirs a quiet pain
For unremembered lads that not again
Will turn to me at midnight with a cry.

Thus in the winter stands the lonely tree,
Nor knows what birds have vanished one by one,
Yet knows its boughs more silent than before:
I cannot say what loves have come and gone,
I only know that summer sang in me
A little while, that in me sings no more.”

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

7. The Death Of Lovers

We will have beds imbued with mildest scent,
And couches, deep as tombs, in which to lie,
Flowers around us, strange and opulent,
Blooming on shelves under the finest skies.

Approaching equally their final light,
Our twin hearts will be two great flaming brands
That will be double in each other’s sight
Our souls the mirrors where the image stands.

One evening made of rose and mystic blue
We will flare out, in an epiphany
Like a long sob, charged with our last adieus.

And later, opening the doors, will be
An Angel, who will joyfully reglaze
The tarnished mirrors, and relight the blaze.

– Charles Baudelaire

Infographic: Two Relatable Poems To Read After A Breakup

Breakups are never pleasant, even when the relationship between the two people was not working and parting ways was the only option. There are a lot of feelings that need to be dealt with and a lot of damage to repair. Your emotional, mental, and sometimes physical well-being can take a hit. At such times, resorting to art and poetry is one of the best things one can do. Check out the infographic below for two beautifully relatable breakup poems.

two relatable poems to read after a breakup (infographic)

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Breakups are one of the most painful things you can experience in your life. They make you feel intense sorrow and pain and might make it difficult to forget your past. Remembering the gone-by beautiful times can be painful and heartbreaking. While everyone copes with breakups in their own way, you can go through our collection of breakup poems for some comfort and solace. Even though it may take some time to heal, slowly move on and allow yourself to be open to the love you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can writing a breakup poem help in the healing process?

Writing is the best form of healing. As journaling can aid in clearing our thoughts and expressing gratitude, putting our suppressed emotions into words about a dear love lost can help us move on from the heartbreak.

What is the role of emotions in breakup poems?

Breakup poems include an array of emotions, be it melancholy, anger, pain, or even regret. These emotions, when poured into the poems, can help us face our feelings and eventually let go of the past.

How can one express feelings of anger and bitterness in a breakup poem?

Poetry is the rawest form of expression. You can express bitterness or anger in a breakup poem by simply writing whatever is dominating your thoughts. Let the words flow without any sugar-coating, and show your true feelings.

Key Takeaways

  • Breakups are challenging and bring intense pain and sorrow, making it difficult to forget the past relationship.
  • Reading breakup poems can offer comfort and give a sense of hope for a better future.
  • These poems also help in giving strength to move on and accept the situation.
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Amira MartinLicensed Clinical Social Worker & Psychotherapist

Amira Martin, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience. She obtained her master’s degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2002 and specializes in treating children and adults. In addition to being an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work, Amira is the founder of full bio

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