Breakup, or: Breakdown

One year older and one hundred years more
experienced than he, she broke up with her
then-boyfriend who was in his mid-twenties;
and he thought: "Well, I'll give her one good try,"
as Harry Chapin once famously sang;

she patronized him for months, for he was
one year younger and one hundred years less
experienced than she, and as wondrously
fascinating as he found her, she found 
him rather dull and inconsequential;

he wrote her a love poem and framed it;
he sent her gift packages while she was
on semester abroad; he pined for her;
and then- upon returning, she coldly
explained that she was not interested.

Moonwashed Weekly Prompt #123

Wondrous


W3 poetry prompt

This poem was written for Paul Light’s W3 prompt, which was to: write about a breakup (not necessarily romantic) in any poetic form, not to exceed 20 lines.


Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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37 thoughts on “Breakup, or: Breakdown”

  1. โ€œshe patronized him for months, for he was
    one year younger and one hundred years less
    experienced than she,โ€
    These lines couldnโ€™t be truer. Siggghhhhhhโ€ฆ.

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