You Don’t Know How It Feels

Every heartbreak

Floats in its own universe of pain.

People thought I couldn’t,

I shouldn’t,

Hurt as much as I did,

But feelings don’t follow

A spreadsheet of rules.

Now that I know,

I never assume

What anyone else feels

Or how long it might take

Their heart to heal.

[Please note that the song I’ve chosen to go with my poem is about the emotional content, not necessarily the accuracy of the words themselves.]


Written for Jim’s MM’s Challenge.

Image credit to Mindlovemisery Menagerie.

©️2020 Paula Light and Light Motifs II. No unauthorized use permitted. Please check out Paula’s books for sale on Amazon.

8 responses to “You Don’t Know How It Feels

  1. This song was done by the Carter Family, but I think that Rosanne Cash made it popular. Like a lot of old songs, there is confusion about its origins, and it may date all the way back to 1906. It is a lovely song Paula and I enjoyed your poetry also.

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  2. 😢dang it, Paula…😿

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  3. Absolutely lovely poem. Love the lines “But feelings don’t follow / A spreadsheet of rules.”
    (Song’s good, too. I need to get me some Roseanne Cash.)

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  4. Wow Paula! That poem resonated with me so, so much! 🙂

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