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Chipped, not broken - By: Asal Vahed

when we broke up: I broke a bone

but our bone didn't snap

it slowly chipped

until the bone was separated

2, not 1 like it once was


and that's what stung the most,

that we didn't know our bone was breakable

slowly falling apart

slowly falling out of love

until it was separated

2, not 1 like it once was


and as that went on

the further the pieces disconnected

it proved that no matter the bone

and no matter you hard you try

you can still chip the purest of love

2, not 1 like it once was


Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.:


The main idea of this poem is to show one of the most heartbreaking ways a relationship can end. In the poem, the center is a romantic relationship, but all forms of relationships can end in this way and they can all chip. Simply meaning that not all endings to a relationship need to be spontaneous and that the love between two people can slowly shift without them being aware. Another main point in the poem is how naive the two parties are to what is happening and how whether they wish to believe it or not, all love can be broken. The poem, in other words, compares this form of "breaking up" to breaking a bone, that slowly broke in split into two.


Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.:


When I was writing this poem, I was thinking about the friendships I had lost over the last few years and how our friendships ended. I realized that in most cases, the two of us did not decide in the spur of a moment that we had no love left for each other, but that over time the love diminished and disappeared. I wanted to compare this scenario to something that is more vague, which led me to the metaphor of breaking a bone.


Why did you choose to write this poem?:


I wanted to write a poem about this topic because I believe that it is not talked about enough even though this is much more common than heated endings to a relationship. I wrote this poem, for the same reason I write most of my poems, to bring light to a situation or scenario that I do not think is properly understood.

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