75 savage poetry quotes about heartbreak

75 savage poetry quotes about heartbreak

Heartbreak is the unfortunate bi-product of love that, at some point, almost all of us will experience somewhere down the line.

Brain studies have shown that the withdrawal of romantic love activates the exact brain mechanisms that get activated when addicts are withdrawing from substances like cocaine or heroin. This phenomenon is what makes heartbreak so difficult to heal.

Fortunately, poetry therapy can help you realise that every moment spent stalking your ex or every stroll down memory lane is just feeding your addiction and taking you farther away from the recovery you truly deserve.

We hope that the following poetry quotes about heartbreak will help you win the fight, give you the strength to let go so you can finally retake control of your life once more.

Poetry Quotes About Heartbreak

"Marry me on Tuesday
Or don’t marry me at all
We have this moment.
We had.
Or we don’t
At all."

Sarah Godsell

"Your father teaches you how to be the first one to walk away.
Leave before they realise you were not worth staying for."

Bianca Phipps

"It's been a year since the last time
I told him I loved him
And it scratches at the back of my throat
A nasty cough desperate
To break free from my body."

Brenna Twohy

"Loving you less
Might have been
The sweetest gift i
Could have given
My own life."

Andrea Gibson

"I’m all shades of blue
You left my soul drenched in the blues
I’m talking all hues of blue."

Ke Mamodiehi

"Hearts and stop signs are fraternal twins
Lost in open roads and hollow chests."

Jasmine Mans
Jasmine Mans
Jasmine Mans

"A broken heart feels like poisoned butterflies taking their last flutters in the pit of your stomach."

"I hope my daughter never bears her soul at a poetry showcase with her first love sitting in the audience
Knowing that the hands he'll use to applaud her with,
will be the same hands that will never hold her again."

Jasmine Mans

"I'd like to apologise to all the boys I ever liked.
You were a beautiful coping mechanism for a hot mess I'm most times.
An immediate antidote that provided relief when unwelcome thoughts dared bare holes in my mind.
But I'll like to thank you.
You are archived in shelves that I dust on a daily basis.
You are chapter titles or recurring seasons of my existence."

Ke_lerato

"You will weep tonight,
Drench yourself in tears,
Submerge your cheeks in salty waters
Until your eyes are blood red
Until your heart remembers it's accent of sound,the flow, the tempo, the lilt, the pattern.
You can't even snivel anymore, you just locate your breath between your lament.
The weeping will be your way of coughing out, where there's no one and nothing,
Where there is you and tears."

Kelsey Tlhosane

"When my mother teaches
me not to be swallowed
She is already sitting
in the belly of the beast, she once loved.
When my mother tells me not to be afraid of falling in love,
I do not miss the way her hands shake
you wonder if they miss the handcuff weight of the ring that used to rest on that finger
Wonder if you too will fall in love with a padlock."

Bianca Phipps

"Why must I be sacrificed at the alter of your smile?
The pyre of my bones now tell a tale of a dying flame
where can I find solace from your merciless ways?
When I have no kind words to offer you, would you offer me up?
I know your god is a hungry heart."

Troy Saint

"But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars
burning so extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last."

Jack Gilbert

"I can’t forgive you. Even if I could,
You wouldn’t pardon me for seeing through you.
And yet I cannot cure myself of love
For what I thought you were before I knew you."

Wendy Cope

"When I'm broken.
And heartache clings on me
I walk along 5th avenue
Billboard pictures
Hang your nakedness in my bloodstream.
And immediately
Melt in one piece.
I have loved before, again, I will."

The Unnatural

"Every love poem I have written
sounds better
Up
Side
Down
I tend to confuse love
with falling off a building."

The Unnatural

"smash your heart again.
Your heart with the Midas touch returned all the innocence I once possessed before life stripped
it away and left me naked."

Neo Madime

"Will you whisper those sweet words that held together the shattering glass I had become and
through their utterance I could feel your heart ?"

Neo Madime

"I'm a rope being pulled by your love
on one side and your inhumanity on the other.
I'd rather break and escape your clutches
than be stretched by your power my entire life."

Srividya Prasad

"We're not going to kiss tonight.
you'll become real
And I'll never forget you, again."

Webster Chagonda

"Turned my sternum into smoke
as you made my heart a forest fire
my bones disappeared in your bed
and I turned to ash in all our desire."

Xabiso Vili

"I hate how my sheets are still smelling like you
it is like the fabrics
were made in your scent."

Choenyane Thebe

"I loved you the same way I learned how to ride a bike
Scared, but reckless
With no training wheels or elbow pads
So my scares can tell the story of how I fell for you."

Rudy Francisco

"When last were you really loved?
For you, your silence, your breathing.
Not what you can offer the next being, but in your idleness, were you ever loved?
I've never..."

Nomonde Sky

"I over imagined what we could have been.
Slipped into nullified feels when reality couldn't share my sentiments."

Nomonde Sky

"Tonight, I can write the saddest lines.
To think that I do not have her.
To feel that I have lost her.
To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.
What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
The night is shattered and she is not with me."

Pablo Neruda

"Every time I try to write about love, my hands cramp
just to show me how painful love can be and sometimes,
pencils break just to prove that every now and then,
love takes a little more work than planned."

Rudy Francisco

"At the end we both failed each other, I loved you too much and you couldn't love me at all."

Thubelihle Chance Ntombela

"Those broken pieces I keep denying are attracting the wrong souls
who linger way too long trying to take away
whatever light I have left and I let them."

Samantha King Holmes

"He only remembers you when his penis twitches to tell him he's a man with needs.
You're seeing forever with a man that calls you his 'exclusive thrill'.
He knows what to say to make the stupid child in you believe in Disney love.
Forgive yourself, you're suffering the consequences of not wanting to feel the feeling of lonely"

Nomonde Sky

"Maybe the word 'forever' was meant for memories and not for people."

"What it feels like
when you swallow love
and it doesn't digest well.
Sets itself on fire
and begins to climb up
the fire escape.
Leaves embers in your chest.
Wakes you up at night,
coughing out the ashes."

Z.hyder

"my loves,
we can push back
those tears all we want,
let our throats swell,
chew on our bottom lip
until it bleeds.
But we cannot
we cannot
stop weaves from crashing"

Z.hyder

"Forgive yourself for needing
it to break you before you
learned to detach."

Ivan Nuru

"I've come to this realization
after weeks if mourning us
I need me a bit more
than you deserved me."

R.H.sin
R. H Sin
R. H Sin

"Don't tell me ghosts aren't real when I can see you but you're obviously no longer here."

"I listened in utter shock and disbelief
The mouth that kissed me the night before
Was now rapidly bringing me to tear
Not missing a beat as he ripped me apart
I kept telling myself through it all
That he loved me
Until I couldn't anymore."

Samantha King Holmes

"Love refuses to be a welcome mat where hate wipes it's feet."

"My life ended
the moment I fell for you
and somehow deep down
I realized that in order to live again
I had to live without you."

R.H.Sin

"How can the demon that you are tread upon my heart unnoticed?
They're decomposed and rotten but taste like honey.
I ask why?
Why do I love your pretty lies."

Justen Hayes

"Just because you fit in there, doesn't mean you belong there. A flower may fit in a vase but it grows in a garden."

"If broken crayons
can still colour,
can broken hearts
still satisfy a lover?"

Thuthukani Ndlovu

"Wanting him to be the one
is not enough to make him
worthy of you."

R.H.sin

"love is said to be the fire that warms the heart, yet I have been slow-burning like the Phoenix on the Pyre."

Tshediso Seroki

"I hope you know that I still feel it, even if I can't bring myself to say the word out loud.
Even if the light never touches our skin, even if everything we built crumbles into the darkness.
It's not that I no longer think of you, it's just that some things are built to fall."

Blake Auden

"I have held onto you so long
I forgot my heart too, belongs to me first."

Grace Storm

"We reached for each other and I thought of how many nights I had lain awake in this room loving him in silence."

"Like alcohol
on an open
wound
sometimes
the most
healing things
can feel
the most
painful"

Julianna Baggott

"When you left, you left with parts of me that I will never regain, you took the sun with you and tell me to move on. The irony about the darkness and light is, one give birth to the other"

Tshediso Seroki

"she turned away, but with the autumn weather
Compelled my imagination many days,
Many days and many hours:
Her hair over her arms and her arms full of flowers.
And I wonder how they should have been together!
I should have lost a gesture and a pose.
Sometimes these cogitation still amaze
The trouble midnight and the noon's repose."

T.S Eliot

"When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To serve for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this"

Lord Byron
Lord Byron
Lord Byron

"In secret, we met-
In silence, I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears."

Lord Byron

"For though I know he loves me,
To-night my heart is sad;
His kiss was not so wonderful
As all the dreams I had."

Sarah Teasdale

"Because who hasn’t done that—
loved so intently even after everything
has gone? Loved something that has washed
its hands of you."

Nathan McClain

"there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that he's in there.

Charles Bukowski

"You've played
(i think)
And broke the toys you were fondest of.
And are a little tired now;
Tired of things that break, and--
Just tired.
So am I."

E.E. Cummings

"I love you
because it's been so good for so long
that if I didn't love you
I'd have to be born again
and that is not a theological statement
I am pitiful in my love for you."

Nikki Giovanni

"but how can you walk away from something and still come back to it?"

Niel Gaiman
Niel Gaiman

"We had our chance at a clear blue sky, but we blew cigarette smoke all over it."

Bonga

"I did not beg him to stay
because I was begging God
that he would not leave."

Warsan Shire

"Your goodbye is a promise of lightning
in the last angel’s hand
unwelcome and warning
the sands have run out against us
we were rewarded by journeys
away from each other
into desire
into mornings alone."

Audre Lorde

"This was once a love poem,
before its haunches thickened, its breath grew short,
before it found itself sitting,
perplexed and a little embarrassed,
on the fender of a parked car,
while many people passed by without turning their heads."

Jane Hirshfield

"You thought I’d flipped the switch and I hadn’t
You thought I’d left the window open
And I wouldn’t
You thought I’d turn the dial-up
But I didn’t"

Dorothea Lasky

"On the couch, the cat crawls on top of me
and loves me so hard, his claws draw blood.
I am so lonely, I do nothing to stop it."

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

"Inside my chest, a mangle.
Inside yours, a deflating balloon.
You took the vacuum cleaner, the ironing board, the dish rack
and left me some lint, an iron to scorch shirts, one chipped plate."

Courtney Queeney

"All my stories are about being left,
all yours about leaving. So we should have known.
Should have known to leave well enough alone;
we knew, and we didn’t."

Jan Heller Levi

"The garden you plant and I plant
is tunneled through by voles,
the vowels we speak aren’t vows,"

Rebecca Hazelton

"When I take my scissors to your shirts,
I am frightened: not that they will whimper
But that they won’t understand the violence I mean.
That kind of violence is the other side of love,"

Monica Ferrell
Monica Ferrell
Monica Ferrell

"There are times when missing you hurts.
So it comes to this, vying for geography.
There is a prayer stuck in my throat.
Douse me in gasoline, my love, and strike a match.
Let’s see this prayer ignite to high heaven."

Barbara Jane Reyes

"I’m grateful to the man now sleeping with my ex-lover.
It’s true, I loved her, but it’s right that someone be with her now
in the dark hour of our republic. Life is no good anymore."

Jaswinder Bolina

"When I feel heartbroken,
I don't feed the monster.
I just stop thinking about it and feel so deep that it goes."

Bolelang Rakeepile

"You fell in love with my flowers and not my roots,
so when Autumn came you didn't know what to do."

Foenki Nani

"To be a self-serving deity
In Jordan, soak your new lover
Have them choke on holy communion
Drag them to the altar
Have them spit their unholiness
And unto you give their lives
Then raid their souls in search of your past lover and still find them lacking."

Noel Diketane

"We spend our time on love but waste it with expectations
Cause sweet beginning's flip better and end off tasteless."

Foenki Nani

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