Moving On Poems

Moving On Poems

Poems about Letting Go and Moving Forward

Love is a dynamic and changing emotion. Sometimes it grows and sometimes it fades. Moving on from a relationship or marriage, leaving behind a past love, or pursuing a new fling can be scary, uncertain, and difficult. However, the prospect of change and new experiences can also be exciting and a time for discovery. Focusing on the opportunities and experiences ahead rather than dwelling in past memories can help us to move forwards. Our lives are in flux in every experience and moment, and letting go, no matter how difficult, is an important part of that process.

45 Moving Forward Poems

  1. 1. Let Go

    • By Shelby T. Parsons
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems December 2015

    I fell in love with my best friend, but the feelings weren't returned.

    Poem About Falling In Love And Letting Go

    What do I do,
    When I'm still in love with you?
    You walked away,
    'Cause you didn't want to stay.
    You broke my heart, you tore me apart.
    Every day I wait for you,
    Telling myself our love was true.
    But when you don't show, more tears start to flow.
    That's when I know
    I have to let go.

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  3. 2. A One-Sided Love

    • By Kiara W
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2016

    This poem is about and my best friend whom I fell in love with the first day I met him. My feelings got in the way, and it sucks to be in love with your 16 year old best friend when you're 13. I'm still not over him, and I don't know if I ever will be. He's the first boy I've ever loved, and my heart is broken and bleeding. I'm trying to move on from these feelings before it destroys my friendship. The feelings he doesn't know exist....

    Poem About Falling For Someone You Can't Have

    Once upon a time I opened up my heart to you.
    You did what you chose to do.
    You chose to keep my as a best friend.
    Little did you know I was dying to the very end.
    You killed me with every boyish look.
    My heart melted and my knees shook.
    I always wanted more than that,
    But I guess it wasn't meant to be.
    But you'll never truly know how much you meant to me.
    You were always there
    And wiped away every tear.
    I just wish you would've waited, stayed here.
    I still dream about you in this one-sided love.
    It's hard to breathe without you,
    Like a suffocating dove.
    I wish you loved me the way I loved you,
    But this is a lesson that helped me learn the truth.
    Guard your heart and soul and mind,
    Unless you want yourself in an unruly bind.
    This one-sided love has torn my apart.
    This one-sided love has broken my heart.
    Please be safe on this journey of life,
    And come back someday and make me your wife.
    This one-sided love is a dangerous game,
    But then again, that's the name of the game....

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  5. 3. One Day

    This poem is one I wrote for my Aunt Brandy when she and her boyfriend broke up. It touched her and hit a spot in her heart, and that's why I wrote it.

    One Day He'll Miss You

    One day you're gonna see her,
    But she won't be looking at you.
    One day you'll feel like she did,
    And you won't know what to do.

    One day you're gonna love her,
    But she won't feel the same.
    One day you'll know how it feels
    To have your blue skies turn to rain.

    One day you'll dream of only her,
    But she'll be dreaming of someone else.
    One day she'll feel as if she's in heaven,
    And you'll be feeling as if you're in hell.

    One day you're gonna cry for her
    The way she did for you.
    One day you're going to miss her,
    But she'll be loving someone new.

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  6. 4. Carry On

    A break-up brings about many emotions.

    Poem About Coming To Terms With A Break-Up

    I don't hate you,
    Because I still love you.
    I can't look at you,
    Because it hurts to.
    We don't talk,
    Because there is nothing left to say.
    You apologized,
    But I just walked away.
    I'm leaving you and the thought of you behind,
    Because I just need to clear my mind.
    I'm angered because you wasted my time,
    Hurt because I believed you were mine,
    But I just didn't see the signs.
    I guess that's why they say love is blind,
    Because you got my heart caught in binds.
    Look me in my eyes,
    And listen as my heart cries,
    Cries out in pain.
    This feeling makes me feel like I'm covered in flames,
    Until ashes are all that remain.
    Thought you were different,
    But you're all the same.
    Thought this was real,
    But it was all a game.
    I gave you my love,
    And you gave it away.
    That's why my heart is blue
    And my skies are gray.
    Will I ever see the light of day?
    Will this dark cloud ever go away?
    Or will it follow me for my remaining days?
    Grasp all my joy and strip it away?
    NO! I am too bold.
    Way too bold to be stuck in the cold.
    I am way too strong not to carry on.

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  7. 5. You Taught Me To Let Go...

    I wrote this poem because everybody gets hurt, but it's not the end of the world.
    Just take it for what it is and move on; he didn't deserve you, anyway. Someday you'll look back and wonder why you even cared about why he left because, in all reality, he did you a favor. It's not about you getting hurt; it's about what you get out of it.

    Poem About Deserving Better

    Used to listen when you said you would always be there.
    I sit and think about all the times we had together,
    and how I thought I used to love you, when you used to care.
    I'd last through any weather,
    but when the our storm came you left at the first sight of rain,
    leaving me here
    to deal with all this pain.
    I sat there crying, thinking what did I do wrong,
    I looked to my mother who said, "Baby stay strong,"
    so I wiped my tears and begin anew,
    new me, new life, and happiness without you.
    Someday you'll miss me, but it will be too late for us to be.
    You didn't know what you were missing,
    but now you do, calling me crying saying, "Baby, I love you."
    I love you too; that's why I'm letting you go.
    I'm a hell of a good woman.
    It's too bad it took you this long to know.
    What we had is in the past, it's a reason we didn't last,
    but whenever you get discouraged about why we're through,
    just look in the mirror
    because it's all on you...
    I hope next time you learn from your mistakes,
    and when that girl needs you do whatever it takes.
    always remember this, I love you, but I love me more.
    I had to learn that when you walked out the door...

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  8. 6. Trust

    • By Kieno
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2011

    This poem came to me from my heart, after my relationship kept falling apart.

    Poem About Broken Trust

    Your words begin to mean nothing to me,
    You continue to lie under your breath.
    Had me convinced that you were different,
    Yet here I am, with a broken trust.

    My heart torn out from the center of my chest,
    Ripped into a million pieces.
    You promised me over and over
    That you would change for the better.

    But I soon came to realize
    That you're no different than the first time we met.
    Each event replayed itself,
    And each time you betrayed me.

    Again I am standing here in this empty hole,
    Listening to the echoes of your promises fade away.
    I really thought you would change for me,
    I really believed that you cared for me.

    Oh, how wrong I was
    To put my trust in the likes of you.
    The pain I am feeling now
    Is the pain I'll forever retain.

    Over and over again,
    I am left with nothing.
    No matter what I do,
    I always get the blunt end of the stick.

    Normally I would say I'm to blame,
    But sadly I do not deserve this claim.
    My eyes have reopened
    To never again let you gain my trust.

    In the world we live in now
    Has very little, if any,
    Able bodies that I can trust,
    Is it so that only I can earn this trust?

    I don't believe I'll ever truly understand the meaning of trust.
    I won't live by this word,
    For its meaning is far too easily broken,
    And very difficult to fix.

    No longer will I allow trust to govern my life,
    No longer will I allow your love in my life.
    I stand here alone,
    With a broken trust.

    My last words to whom it may concern,
    My trust in you was a privilege.
    You continued to break the very string
    That held my trust for you.

    In the end,
    You betrayed me with more than I can say,
    Left me
    With a broken trust and a broken heart.

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  9. 7. Lost Love

    This poem is for all the people who have had to say good-bye to a love that just was not meant to be but was real and honest. Not always do we get to be or stay with the person that we love, and we have to let them go and wish them well as they move on.

    Poem About A Love Not Meant To Be

    The most amazing moment was when we met
    The love and time I have shared with you
    have all been without regret...

    In spite of our love...
    I am painfully aware
    That you are gone,
    And no longer there..

    You made up your mind and you went away...
    as things started to not feel right...
    I know it's pointless to wish for you to stay...
    because at the end of the tunnel there is no more light

    Often I don't know what to say or do..
    So many times I have cried over you...
    Emptiness and sorrow is now a part of me,
    Since I have to accept that we will never be..


    Our memories continue to live in my heart
    As I wish you well with your brand-new start

    Please, believe me when I say
    You will always be with me
    Come what may

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  10. 8. Moving On Was Never Meant To Be Easy

    • By Floribel
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2020

    Moving on was
    never meant to be easy.
    It will hurt, it will be painful,
    it will be exhausting,
    but it will always be
    worth it.

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  11. 9. Weight Upon My Shoulders

    This poem reflects the common feeling of being torn between our heads and our hearts when it comes to relationships and opening up again. I wrote this after a failed eight year relationship and much heartache trying to move on from it.

    Learning To Love Again

    The little woman on the left
    the one upon my shoulder,
    tells me I should guard my heart.
    She wants me to make it colder.
    Don't give too much of yourself she says
    please remember all the pain,
    reminds me of the past mistakes.
    She warns it will end the same.
    Your independence will bring you safety
    you are the only one you can depend
    If you never allow anyone in,
    you will never again have to mend.

    There is a woman on my right
    that looks just like the other,
    but she screams at me to love.
    To give my heart to another.
    This time will be different, she says
    don't lose your hope and faith,
    the pain of the past is behind you.
    This fear you must erase.
    Don't keep yourself from feeling
    you will find yourself alone.
    Deep down you wish to give yourself
    and find a heart in turn to own.

    These two women on my shoulders
    both want the best for me.
    They only are trying to protect myself
    from a life of misery.
    But I don't know who to side with
    because they tell such different things.
    One says don't take the chance.
    The other wants what love brings.
    I listen for who's louder
    but their volumes match the same.
    I wonder how much longer
    in limbo I will remain.

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  12. 10. Ode To Love

    This poem's about the loss of romance, a love that was magically entranced,
    till fate stepped into the darkness of night and stole a woman's true love of her life.

    A Love That Had To Part

    To everything there's a time and season 
    Time to laugh and to weep for good reason.
    A season for living, to find true love
    And a time to dance with angels above...

    Holder of my heart, vision of my dreams,
    The way you walked, talked and those eyes that gleamed,
    Invading my thoughts by day and by night.
    Darling, you inspire my bleak soul to write.

    Let me compare thee to an April day.
    Showers of rain that bring forth buds of May,
    Shining like the sun beams down now and then
    Making earth become beautiful again.

    How do I love thee? I'll tell you the ways.
    Whispered sweet nothings that raised up my days,
    Being wrapped in your arms, magic we've shared.
    Each precious moment you handled with care.
    To heaven and back, a very long time.
    Time will never erase you from my mind.
    The memories made, I keep as a gift
    Tied up with ribbons and sealed with a kiss.

    Sweetheart, you'll always be my shining star.
    Bright light of my life, where're thou art?
    Tho' I go on with deep pain in my heart.
    Remember these words whilst we are apart.

    I miss you whilst you are out of my sight.
    I miss you now that you're out of my life.

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  13. 11. My Love

    • By Emily L. Webber
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2019

    My boyfriend split up with me because he thought I deserved better than him. My heart is broken, but I can't hate him for anything, so I decided to write him a goodbye poem.

    You'll Always Have My Heart

    You make me laugh and smile
    when I need a cry, even if it's only for a little while.

    You make me happy when I am sad,
    even when I'm really mad.

    You take the weight off my shoulders and the worry from my mind;
    you really are one of a kind.

    You came into my life and turned it around,
    and with that, our love was found.

    I'll always love you through the bad times and the good,
    even when you eat my food.

    You picked me up when I was down,
    when no one else was around.

    You helped me grow and find who I am,
    and for that, you are a better man.

    Now it's time for us to part ways,
    live our lives and welcome in the good days.

    I'll always miss you, and you'll always have my heart.
    With all my love, your sweetheart.

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  14. 12. My Boat

    I think sometimes in love, there's somebody who gives far more than their partner does. This poem is about those who aren't appreciated for their devotion.

    Metaphor Poem For Unappreciated Love

    You were my boat, sleek by design.
    I was your jetty, one of a kind.
    We were deeply in love and made for each other,
    And I promised I'd never harbour another.
    We endured many storms, some big, and some small,
    And I stood firm for you through them all.
    And no matter how fierce those winter winds blew,
    I'd withstand the force and keep hold of you.
    Your delicate nudge when the weather was fine,
    Your smooth polished body, pressing up against mine.
    I was the happiest jetty in all of the sea,
    And I couldn't believe that you'd chosen me,
    But over the years I watched our rope fray,
    And I could see you were slowly slipping away.
    The knots that we'd fastened were no longer tight,
    But I tried to hold on with all of my might
    I couldn't survive without you by my side.
    I never gave up, oh how I tried.
    Then came an angry, tempestuous storm,
    And the minute it passed, you were suddenly gone.
    That day you left me was painfully bleak.
    I stood there, heartbroken and structurally weak.
    I had braved the conditions for so many years.
    Now my timber was heavy, sodden with tears,
    My pylons gave way, the wood didn't float,
    And slowly I drowned still in love with my boat.

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  15. 13. Don't Look Back

    This poem is about looking for love but never really getting over who you loved before. You try to make it work, but the same old problems occur.

    Poem About Trying To Find Love In An Old Relationship

    Love doesn't happen overnight.
    Love doesn't argue about what's wrong
    or what's right.
    And don't expect to find a love that will last
    if the only place you're searching is in your past...

    Love is hard to find; it's even harder to let it go.
    Don't settle for something just because it's what you know...

    We tell ourselves this time will be different.
    What may work for a little while longer
    is irrelevant...

    You can't fix what's already been broken.
    You can't believe the new promises that have been spoken,
    because the pain you forgave once before
    will always linger in your mind each time they walk out that door.

    This time won't be the same,
    yet you find yourself playing the game,
    but in this game nobody will win,
    because every sinner is likely to sin again.

    Your heart is in a million pieces,
    Your life is full of hits and misses,
    but one thing that still remains
    is your ability to accept the things you can't change.
    We all make decisions that we regret,
    but it's our choice to forgive,
    just never forget.

    Always stay true to yourself and your values,
    'cause in the end that's all that matters,
    Don't waste time thinking you're not worth it,
    'cause no matter what anybody else thinks,
    there's somebody out there who might just think you're perfect.

    Love doesn't happen overnight.
    Love doesn't argue about what's wrong
    or what's right,
    and don't expect to find a love that will last
    if the only place you're searching is in your past.

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  16. 14. The One-Sided Affair

    • By Devon
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2014

    I loved a girl that did not feel the same, and now I can't look into her eyes without feeling shame, so I try to distant myself from her, which hurts as much as loving her.

    Poem About Love Not Being Returned

    I loved her eyes, I loved her hair,
    I loved her looks, I loved her stare.
    I loved her attitude so full of delight.
    I loved her mind so quick and so bright.

    I loved her look when she got mad,
    I loved her with all I had.
    Although I loved her with my all,
    She did not love me, not at all.

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  17. 15. Moving On

    • By Amy W.
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014

    A poem about a broken family and moving on

    Goodbye Poem To The One You Love

    What the eye does not see the heart does not grieve for...
    But when the truth comes out, it will always hurt more
    Blinded by love, I failed to see how much of an arsehole
    You really were to me
    Perhaps too young, too crazy and free
    I guess I will never understand why you did that to me
    They say if you love somebody then you should set them free
    As you never came back I think it was meant to be
    I am not bitter or angry anymore, in fact my life has been better
    Since you walked out the door.
    I thank you for the gift you gave to me
    A very special treasure, it truly is a pleasure
    I gave you a chance; in fact, I gave you so many
    But you couldn't be bothered to even spend a penny
    The door was still open, but nobody came
    I should have known it would still be the same
    It is not my place to play God with life
    But if you don't make the effort, you're not worth the strife
    Perhaps one day you might make the call, to make the wrongs right
    And not start a fight
    I hope by then it's not too late, but I suppose I can't change fate.
    I would like to think we are at peace with each other
    At one point in time you were my finest lover
    Some people just aren't meant to be together, but that doesn't mean
    You are lonely forever
    Somewhere there is someone who dreams of your smile
    And finds in your presence that life is worthwhile
    So when you are lonely remember it's true
    Somebody somewhere is thinking of you

    Goodbye Poem To The One You Love, Moving On

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  18. 16. Broken Hearts And Prayers

    • By Alexis Daniels
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2013

    This is for the man who broke my heart. I gave him all I had and more and he took everything I did for granted. We are still together, but I'm still praying for a change in him. I love you baby please realize that.

    When your heart chooses a path, and you walk so far,
    nothing can turn you back from where you are.
    No pain, no scars can make you turn away,
    there's nothing that anyone can do nor say.

    You're scared, your hurting and the tears seem to never end,
    but you think in your mind "I would do it all again".
    For the little moments, that get you through the bad,
    For the few happy moments that get you through the sad.

    For the few laughs and smile, and the jokes and the care,
    that you wish so wholeheartedly would always be there.
    You'd try to make them happy in every possible way,
    but it seems to worsen with every passing day.

    All you want is for them to hold you and let you know that they care,
    but know matter how hard you try, they don't, and it doesn't seem fair.
    Your whole heart now broken, you hope for a change,
    but you know somehow even through your prayers they will always be the same.
    Your love won't let you leave, and you continue to hope for the best,
    and pray every night that God will take care of the rest.

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  19. 17. Why It Has To Be You?

    When you fall in love, you must be ready to get hurt and expect that your relationship will fall out of love so that when time comes that you realize you're not really meant to be, it won't hurt you that much.

    Poem About A Developing Relationship

    Sitting alone and silently
    I recall a special part of my life
    That part came unexpectedly
    And lasted only for a while.

    My life has been quiet and peaceful
    Until that unforgettable moment
    You came like a silhouette of my soul
    Then you walked right through my heart.

    Every day is a picture of happiness
    There's no hint of loneliness
    Everything is wonderful
    Because I spend it with you.

    But then, as time goes by
    Feelings begin to fade away
    Tears fall down one by one
    And it kills me to say goodbye.

    Every time my mind says move on
    my heart says hold on
    So many questions inside my head
    But the answers are all up to you.

    Loving someone like you
    Without boundaries
    Makes me think deeply again,
    Why, why it has to be you?

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  20. 18. Everything Was Nothing

    • By Libby Bergmann
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2014

    Breaking up and moving on.
    This poem is about coming to terms with a break up.

    Bittersweet Goodbye Poem

    The looks, the heat
    Every smile, so sour, so sweet.
    I had known you made me complete.
    Everything I needed, I never wanted more,
    Yet every time I was run down straight to the core.
    Every kiss, every step, every dance on the floor,
    Everything was nothing. When you left me...out that door.
    Our life, our plans, our future, in your hands.
    Like a stab or a wound. I'll get better...if I can.
    I know it's not the same, forever is the blame.
    I tried so hard, for one who wanted more, for someone's heart
    Who won't be allowed to be tamed.
    It was the best, a love-never small but when one
    Leaves the other, the best will fall.
    Let the tears drop. Let the feelings fly.
    Because at least not in public, I will not cry.
    My heart still beats, locked in your chest.
    It's pitiful, sad, but I love you, dear traitor.
    If you can stay, you can trample my heart, but don't ever go away
    But if not, you're gone, I don't expect less
    But if it's true just lay with me and rest
    Help me rebuild me
    Out of whatever's left.

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  21. 19. My First Love.....My First Heartbreak

    I am a woman of independence. I can say that I am successful in my family, work, studies and career except in love. At the age of 24, for the first time in my life, I fell in love with someone. I thought my first love will last, but I made mistakes. I lost love because of what I am. The guy thinks I am a woman so hard to reach breaks my heart and every time I think of him, I really don't know how to mend my broken heart.....worst, he's eyeing our common friend.

    I never thought I would love someone like you
    Never in my dreams that I would meet you
    But then, as I travel in my life's journey
    You walk into my life and I fall for you.

    I never know how is it to be in love
    Until that very special moment
    You brought wonderful things in my life
    You opened my eyes to see the beauty of love.

    You are my first kiss
    You are the first guy who hugged me tenderly
    You are the first man who held my hand lovingly
    You are my first love.

    You are the one who taught me how to love sincerely
    You showed me the way to your heart
    You've taught me everything that I should know about love
    I told myself, the story of my life is all about you.

    You cared for me, and I really appreciate it
    You showed me how to love unselfishly
    But you never teach me the art of letting go
    You never teach me the cure of hurting so much.

    I thought my first love will be my last
    I thought its you that I belong to
    But now, what I once thought remains as thoughts
    For you are now waiving goodbye.

    All your smiles are for me
    But now, its for somebody else's
    Your stare so full of love
    Its for someone's comfort.

    The hug and kiss that I once have
    Your heart once all mine
    Now, they all belong to somebody
    It hurts to know you are already gone.

    Deep in me, I made a promise
    I will never fall in love again
    Unless its you, my first love,
    My one and only...

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    When I was 19 (I'm 21 now), my first love was far away. It was a long-distance relationship. I never thought that would happen to me. We had such a great time. She was my everything. I didn't...

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  22. 20. I'm Busy Finding Me

    • By Lorelei
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 18, 2021

    I miss you in silence
    And every moment in between
    But I’m a little busy unfolding
    Those pieces of who I used to be
    I miss you at sunrise
    Until it’s time to greet the moon
    But darling,
    Don’t you see,
    I don’t miss you any less than yesterday
    I’m just a little busy
    Finding me.

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    One has to find themself, I agree, and not be totally reliant on somebody. I know because I was never allowed to live freely; now my independence I treasure dearly.

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