Heartbreak – Poem

Inevitable, Terrible, Wonderful Heartbreak

Heartbreak is something we feel happens only when things have gone wrong: an

unrequited love, a shattered dream, a child lost before their time.

Heartbreak is to be avoided; something to guard against, a chasm to

watch for and then walk carefully around; the hope is to live without

it and to have as little as possi- ble, but all evidence is to the

contrary of these child-like hopes; heartbreak is as inescapable and

in- evitable as breathing, a part and parcel of every path, asking for

its due in every sincere course an individual takes.

It may be that there is no real life without the raw revelation of heartbreak; no

single path we can take within a life that will allow us to escape

without having that imaginative organ we call the heart broken by what

it holds and then has to let go.


David Whyte