Poem: Quatrains: “What Never Heals”


“I know that’s what people say– you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, you’ll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.” 

― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn


One day you promised me the pain,

Would eventually heal, I’d be —

Free from photographs and the shame.

While I am here, tears streaming.

Out of my mind, of my head,

Did you burn memories seething?

They never left my soul, they’re undead,

While I’m here, tears streaming.

You and her, it’s the cut deepest,

Never heals, it bleeds; you beaming

A baby’s breath; life makes me weak.

While I’m here, tears streaming.

At times, I’m over you completely,

Then, an image leaves me grieving.

Heart of the girl, a heart too sweet.

While I’m here, tears streaming.

Conversation wouldn’t aid, I —

Learn to sew up all broken seams.

Especially in sleep, where I cry,

While I’m here, tears streaming.

A few hours, a few days and —

I’ll be fine again —breathing.

Didn’t have much, nothing so grand.

While I’m here, tears streaming.

Let go, let me free, unburden me,

Stop snipping my wings, inhaling

The past’s ashes, it chokes me,

I was here, tears dried; now I’m free.


©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved.


24 thoughts on “Poem: Quatrains: “What Never Heals”

    • mandibelle16 January 10, 2017 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you JR. I guess when you write something from raw emotion, it often box up that way. 🙂

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      • joyroses13 January 10, 2017 / 7:48 pm

        Yes, it does and it touches others hearts when they can feel that raw emotion. I know it makes you vulnerable but it is a great piece of writing. I am learning that, its tough to do, but rewarding. (((HUGS)))

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  1. Copper Cranes January 10, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Amanda, your beautiful poem and the quote are wonderful together. I think you’ve capture so well those feelings at the end of a relationship, the pain and heartache. It feels like there is no getting past it ever, eventually there is forward movement. I don’t think we ever forget, eventually we find our way to a new kind of freedom that we need. I hope you’ve been having a good week so far, please enjoy the rest of it. ~ Mia 💕

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    • mandibelle16 January 10, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you Mia. You are right when you say it becomes a part of you. It’s moving on past those pieces, sometimes it’s hard. My week is so far so good except it’s very very cold now. Enjoy your week as well. I have a piece of yours, I plan to get to. 💕😊

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      • Copper Cranes January 10, 2017 / 8:54 pm

        You’re welcome Amanda. It is hard, my hope is that time softens the memories so that they don’t bite so hard. Glad the week is going well. It’s been cold and a lot of rain here, nothing like what you’re used to, you might even think it’s a very mild and comfortable winter. Amanda, thank you, please don’t give it a second thought. Have a lovely and peaceful evening. 🙂 💕

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  2. TheOriginalPhoenix January 10, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    This is so beautiful. 🙂 I hope things get better for you.

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      • TheOriginalPhoenix January 10, 2017 / 9:08 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂

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  3. Prajakta January 10, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Beautiful 😊😊

    Liked by 1 person

  4. maria January 11, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Beautiful lines, Mandi. The repetition of “While I’m here, tears streaming.” cuts trough you but the piece ended with a tinge of hope when the tears finally dried.

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    • mandibelle16 January 11, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks Maria. That was my hope, kind if to purge myself, then move on. Be free. Sometimes just saying/writing it, makes it more believable and helps. 🙂

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  5. Great Poem! Me and my first love broke up (not my idea) and this poem took me back in time. I remember the heartache and desperation. I remember the tears. But there is hope. I’ve been happily married to a wonderful man for 22 years. My thoughts occasionally go back and I wonder how my first love is doing and if he is happy, but the pain is gone and my heart is free.

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    • mandibelle16 January 11, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Happy you liked the poem and thank you for the advice. I hope to one day be in that position, happily moved on just as he has. Most times I think I’m okay, but seeing him start his family and the rest of his life, just hit hard. Thanks again 🙂


    • mandibelle16 January 11, 2017 / 7:55 pm

      Thanks Rosema. Somethings don’t heal I guess, but you have to move on and free yourself. I keep thinking of the Tim McGraw song, “Diamond Rings and Bar Stools” – “some things don’t mix like you hope / like me and you / and diamond rings and old barstools.” I’m the diamond of course lol. 😉

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  6. Coyote from Orion January 12, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    More good work. Hope I read more and more regularly for a while. Thank you

    Liked by 1 person

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