final kiss

The devastation of heartbreak, the death of a relationship, the loss of love. All so painful and tragic.

I am reminded of the final act of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, when Romeo believes Juliet is dead and drinks the poison: “Thus with a kiss I die.

Sometimes, when I capture such a sad, desperate moment in my poetry, I like to pause and reflect.

Although these vignettes are vivid and excruciating, living is ultimately about surviving pain. The fight. Our resilience. This amazing human ability to persevere.

Life is beautiful. Let’s acknowledge the sorrow. Take the time to grieve. Then return to the light. It is always waiting.

Said otherwise, in the poignant words of the folk/rock/indie band, Mumford & Sons, in their song Broad-Shouldered Beasts: “And when you feel the world wrapping round your neck / Don’t succumb.”

Please let me know what you think in the comments below.


  1. The knowing you wasn’t enough and all the memories you had together. It’s the love hate mix.
    Awesome poem!

  2. It’s a powerful poem because acknowledging the sorrows connects us to our inner self, and pain will go away if we have learned from our mistakes, especially in the journey of love.

    Thanks for reminding us of this in such a hearty way. xx

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