Lost Love Poems

Lost Love Poems

Poems About a Lost Love

The loss of a lover, whether because they have passed on or for any other reason is a heartbreaking experience. Some never fully recover. There might always be a small place in your heart that holds the pain of this experience. This is natural and fine. Even when you find another person to love, it is OK to hold a place for the lover that has passed. You shared something profound together. The previous relationship that you had is not like your new relationship. Every relationship is unique and should be allowed a place in your heart.

51 Poems on Love That's Been Lost

  1. 1. The Mad Man And The Cat

    • By Danny Bollinger
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2008

    This was written after seeing a man with Alzheimer's talk to a cat about how he would have loved her. I was visiting my grandma who also has Alzheimer's.

    Man With Alzheimer's Poem

    "And I would have loved you,"
    He kept saying to her
    As he ran his hands through her soft fur.
    "And I would have loved you,"
    rolled off of his tongue,
    the words now so soft it seemed almost sung.
    "And I would have loved you."
    With a tear in his eye
    he said the last words with a sorrowful sigh
    "and I would have loved you,
    if only I could."

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  3. 2. My Storm

    This poem is about accepting a fate that was foreseen but all too tragic anyway.

    A Relationship That Was Never Meant To Be

    So awkward in the morning, just a little unsure
    A little off your game, but it all felt so pure
    We knew from the beginning that this was going to hurt
    From floating in the clouds, to face down in the dirt
    But we jumped anyway; love chased away the fear
    Made all the noise that we heard disappear
    The storm moved in behind our backs, we never stood a chance
    The devastation buried us, a beautiful romance

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  5. 3. Daydream

    The man in the poem is daydreaming about his youth and a love from long ago. He wonders if she still thinks about him. He longs for his youth while pondering his mortality.

    Reminiscing About A Love From Long Ago

    Where did all the flowers go?
    Falling leaves in colors show
    Spring is but a memory.
    Distant dreams come over me.

    Where do all the rivers flow?
    Autumn leaves in colors know.
    Yesterday is just a dream.
    Can you hear it whispering?

    I can feel the afterglow
    Of a time so long ago
    When the sun could only shine
    Beyond the shadows of my mind.

    Yesterday is just a dream.
    Can you hear it whispering?
    Love is but a memory.
    Distant dreams come over me.

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  6. 4. A Prayer Unanswered

    Oh the mistakes we make!!!

    Waking I find
    Another chill encrusted day
    Awaits me
    Where I shall walk alone in step of time
    To the blighted rhythm
    Of what must be
    And the looming shadows
    Of what might have been

    My only solace
    Comes of looking back
    Upon the horizon of
    Memories past
    Where the fluxing tapestry
    Of life and chance
    Carried you soft and safe
    Into my arms

    And I held you
    And you held me
    And for a time
    No wind of change
    Could bear us sway

    But somehow...
    Some dreadful way how
    My eyes left the beauty of yours
    My arms reached out
    For ambitions of pointless return
    And in deafened silence
    You slipped from me
    For I held you not

    And now I am left to search
    Across the rolling linen waves
    Of life and consequence
    Holding hope that
    Fate will grant me pardon
    And bring you to me
    Once again

    But I age in waiting
    I tire of hoping
    I stammer in broken steps
    For each night your vigil kept
    Brings me aside my bed
    To utter yet again
    A prayer unanswered

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  7. 5. The Love Of My Life

    • By Dave
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems September 2008

    I wrote this poem for the love of my life. She has come in and out of my life for over twenty years now. I always knew that I loved her but did not realize until recently that she was the only woman that I have ever truly loved.

    To the love of my life,
    though fate never allowed me to make you my wife.
    When we met so many years ago,
    it was love at first sight that I know.
    I loved you so much and for only you I cared,
    but with you those feelings I never shared.
    Then I learned for another you cared.
    To come between you I never dared.
    Not because I did not want to,
    but because I wanted happiness for you.
    Then to the arms of another I did go,
    but with her, love I never did know.
    For this I now know that I was wrong,
    for all these years your love I've longed.
    Of you I have thought throughout the years.
    For you I have shed so many tears.
    So long ago I solemnly vowed
    to tell of my love if fate allowed.
    Our paths crossed again not so long ago.
    I remembered the vow of my love you should know.
    Before I could tell you, you gave a surprise.
    You told me you loved me and brought tears to my eyes.
    You told of your love and how much you cared,
    how you felt sad that this you had not shared.
    You said that you felt you had told me too late
    and for this you said you I must hate.
    But it is you I love and never could hate
    To know of your love is never too late.
    You told me of things you wanted to do,
    all of this and more I have wanted too.
    All this time I have dreamed of your touch.
    To know you wanted the same means so much.
    We have shared so much from the present and past.
    I have prayed so much that this would last.
    You have told me that what we want is wrong.
    How can this be when we have loved so long?
    Something happened and we fell apart
    Crushing my dreams and breaking my heart.
    To love you was a gift from above.
    The gift of time, the gift of love.
    My heart won't allow me to let you go.
    It wants and misses you so.
    I tried to leave to mend the pain,
    but is about to drive me insane.
    Saddened and hurting, my heart goes on,
    knowing again that you are gone.
    Because in your hands is where my heart lies,
    alone and depressed it sadly cries.
    Please know that this is how I truly feel
    because twice in my life you have made it all real.
    I know you had feelings that you just would not show.
    I know that it hurts when you want to let go.
    My actions say yes but heart still says no.
    I will never get to feel your most intimate touch.
    God knows though I love and miss you so much.
    I love you with my heart and soul.
    You made me feel loved, you made me feel whole.
    I have always known that you are the one for me.
    I still believe though you say it can't be.
    There is one thing that I have to say.
    I love you too much to just walk away.
    We said goodbye, but I want you to know.
    Goodbye is goodbye but not forever though.

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  8. 6. Love Hate

    • By David Charlton
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2015

    I wrote this poem when struggling with being in love with someone and not really enjoying how it changed my thought process and influenced my actions.

    Poem About The Dislike Of Love

    Of all the emotions a person can feel,
    Love is scariest and hardest to heal.
    Excitement and mystery impossible to resist.
    Promises of magic perpetually persist.
    We long for a connection that is as strong as it is true,
    But love always does as love wants to do,
    So to the emotion of love, I just want to say,
    I'm much better off without you; I'm glad you went away,
    'Cause I'd much rather live with a heart that can sing,
    A smile that struggles to be more than a grin.
    I might not be happy, but at least I'm not sad,
    Holding onto happiness that I never had,
    Love's an impostor, a thief in the night,
    Reduces flames to embers that no longer burn bright.
    Love captains your emotions and steers your fate.
    Love is the only emotion that I truly hate.

    Poem About The Dislike Of Love, Love Hate

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  9. 7. Sweet Angel

    • By Joanna
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2017

    Dedicated to Stephen LaViscount 8/27/1981 - 8/28/2009

    Lonely After Lover's Death

    Bitter silence surrounds me.
    The sweet sound of your voice
    Is now just a memory that haunts me.
    The room that used to be filled with the brightness
    Of your smile has become dark.
    Without the warmth of your touch,
    I have grown cold.
    The sound of your heartbeat,
    The sound that once made me complete,
    Has withered away and left me hollow.

    Come to me, my Sweet Angel,
    Touch me just once more.
    Kiss me with the lips that once sang my name.
    Wipe my tears with the hands that saved me.
    Embrace me with the arms
    That once gave me security.

    My Sweet Angel,
    Save me from this lonely world.
    Wake me up from this lucid dream.
    Take me from this dark place.
    Wrap me in your wings and carry me away.

    My Sweet Angel,
    I love you.

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  10. 8. A Lost Love

    When my first love and I broke up I didn't know how to handle it. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't eat. I didn't know how I was going to move on. It was during this very painful time that I discovered the only avenue through which I could move on was by expressing my sorrows via poetry. And although we never got back together, early mornings spent writing and rewriting and rewriting again are what pushed me forward to the point where I became comfortable with the fact that it was really over.

    Poem About The Pain Of A Break Up

    There's a pain in my heart that I'm feeling today,
    for the love of my life feels further each day.

    The sorrow is so much and the pain is so deep.
    I've hurt her again' I can't even sleep.

    But I now know the problem, the curse of our love.
    It was buried inside me, with no sight from above.

    And now that I see it, I force it away.
    Yet I fear that I've lost her, nevermore can I say

    that I love her so deeply and regret all the pain,
    and I know it's my fault; no one else can I blame.

    And I search for an answer, somewhere above
    and hope she'll forgive me and remember our love.

    For I can't live without her and could never move on,
    for how can one live when what they live for is gone?

    Walls are closing around me; I sink slowly each day,
    yet I cling to a hope that seems far away

    that she will return to me and feel my embrace.
    I miss her so badly and the beauty of her face

    as she slept there beside me, never knowing the truth,
    that I would smile there beside her, and be thankful for the proof

    that someone does care, for I have known this angel,
    and I'd softly kiss her cheek, the moment so blissful.

    And I'd hold her all night and feel so at peace,
    yet I never told her these things; now I watch as she flees.

    But I know she remembers it, the love that I gave,
    and I hope she can forgive me, the cause of her pain.

    For like an angel from heaven, she came into my life.
    Now I plead one last time, for one last chance to make it right.

    Yet I fear it won't heal; how I've ripped us apart,
    but I must let her know what's inside this broken heart.

    That I love her so much and I've made a mistake,
    and I hope she won't leave because it's my heart she will take.

    We were in love for so long; I know she remembers.
    It started three years ago that night in September.

    I will never forget how I felt that cold night;
    my breath taken away by the beauty of her sight.

    I write these words now with tears in my eyes,
    for I love her so much; I sit and I die.

    I'm so lost without her, don't want her to go,
    not without me saying what I need her to know.

    That I've always loved her and miss her each day,
    yet the hope that she loves me drifts further away.

    I just want her to know how I truly feel,
    and to know that my words are nothing but real.

    And it doesn't take a special time to make a new start;
    it takes only desire and true love from the heart.

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  11. 9. Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines

    This poem was published in 1924, just as Pablo Neruda entered his 20s. In this poem, the speaker is dealing with the end of a relationship and longing for the woman to be back in his arms. The repetition of, “Tonight I can write the saddest lines,” brings the reader’s attention to that theme throughout this sad love poem. Pablo Neruda used alliteration throughout this poem with many words beginning with “s” (saddest, shattered, stars, sky, soul, etc.).

    Tonight I can write the saddest lines.

    Write, for example, 'The night is shattered
    and the blue stars shiver in the distance.'

    The night wind revolves in the sky and sings.

    Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
    I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too.

    Through nights like this one I held her in my arms
    I kissed her again and again under the endless sky.

    She loved me sometimes, and I loved her too.
    How could one not have loved her great still eyes.

    Tonight I can write the saddest lines.
    To think that I do not have her. To feel that I have lost her.

    To hear the immense night, still more immense without her.
    And the verse falls to the soul like dew to the pasture.

    What does it matter that my love could not keep her.
    The night is shattered and she is not with me.

    This is all. In the distance someone is singing. In the distance.
    My soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

    My sight searches for her as though to go to her.
    My heart looks for her, and she is not with me.

    The same night whitening the same trees.
    We, of that time, are no longer the same.

    I no longer love her, that's certain, but how I loved her.
    My voice tried to find the wind to touch her hearing.

    Another's. She will be another's. Like my kisses before.
    Her voice. Her bright body. Her infinite eyes.

    I no longer love her, that's certain, but maybe I love her.
    Love is so short, forgetting is so long.

    Because through nights like this one I held her in my arms
    my soul is not satisfied that it has lost her.

    Though this be the last pain that she makes me suffer
    and these the last verses that I write for her.

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  12. 10. I Want You Back

    • By Sania Harris
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008

    Someone I loved dearly was avoiding me. He sounded more interested in other girls, so I felt really hurt - so hurt that I cried the whole day, and then I wrote this poem. It is straight from my heart.

    Sitting by the river,
    Dreaming through my reflection,
    I wonder what has happened.
    What has caused this distance?

    We used to be together,
    Cuddling close to each other.
    What came between our beautiful love?
    I don't know, though I wish to.

    I can see you now, not alone
    You're holding a hand that's not mine
    Where am I? Why not next to you?
    Why am I away? I don't understand.

    You're smiling to the fullest.
    I am not the one making you happy.
    You are glancing at someone else.
    Why is it not me?

    Seeing you after such a long time,
    My heart sighs again.
    Something inside me growls loud
    'Cause now your hand runs through her hair.

    I stand some distance well away,
    But the surroundings disappear.
    When I look at you, I feel lost inside
    I wish you back, my angel.

    There you are, holding her hand,
    And I am lost, trying to understand.
    I want you back, I really do,
    Just to hold your hand
    And walk with you.

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  13. 11. No Such Thing As Happy Endings

    • By Ernesto Prince
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009

    The Love I let pass me by

    The first night they meet
    He knew it to be true
    This girl who lied before him
    Was genuine and true

    He looked into her eyes
    The deep browns didn't lie
    She loved him just as much
    Or was it all a lie?

    The nights turned into mornings
    The days went by too quick
    His chances seemed to slip away
    With every day that went

    Then finally the day had come
    She said she couldn't wait.
    Time had passed so swiftly
    He was far too late

    It was then he realized
    He made a huge mistake
    He let the girl he loved
    Simply slip away...

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  14. 12. My Rose No Longer

    • By Amanda Sypolt
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2011

    The reason behind this poem is very simple. I wrote this poem because of my ex. He broke my heart and left me lonely.

    In my rose garden
    There's a special rose.
    The petals are smooth as satin,
    and remind me of the good times.
    The thorns poke at my fingers,
    and remind me of the bad times.
    The smell was so sweet-
    Like the one who left me.
    As I am reminded,
    I shed a tear,
    Then as more tears shed,
    I can no longer see my special rose.

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  15. 13. Just Yesterday

    "We were once colorful and new in a blissful land of me and you," and now the love is lost.

    Loss Of Relationship

    yesterday I was crying...
    deep pain creeping within
    yesterday I was sobering...
    such endless grief, left me shivering

    we were once colorful and new
    in a blissful land of me and you
    just yesterday you were holding me tight
    same yesterday you were gone out of sight

    I've lived my life from this memory
    kept running away, reality been missed
    aches of memories, no future have seen
    "could I ever survive drowning in misery?"

    just yesterday you were gone without me
    tried to ponder whatever reason there'll be
    just yesterday I was too weak to see
    is there any rainbow left only for me?

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  16. 14. My Love For You

    • By Matthew Dusfim
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems May 2009

    Is it worse never to find the love of your life, or to find it and not being able to be with her? In this poem I have tried to express the mixed and stormy emotions going through each and every one of us in such a situation.

    Unrequited Love

    The Bit by bit and day by day
    In such a special lovely way
    Do not know why or how to say
    But I shall try to... If I may

    And thus I shall try to explain
    That despite heavy pouring rain
    In times of sorrow and of pain
    My love for you was not in vain

    When I was down and even sad
    If I felt angry rather mad
    If I was in tears feeling bad
    My love for you I did not dread

    I was insulted even mocked
    My same own life I feel was blocked
    The doubts that came and often knocked
    My love for you was safely locked

    Until the day you came to me
    The love in me you did not see
    Without you dear how could I be?
    My love for you I could not free

    And yet you know I still love you
    A love that's strong and oh so true
    Wher'ver you go wher'ver to
    My love for you will follow too

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  17. 15. When Love Dies

    • By Billy Arends
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009

    My poem is for any person ( man or woman) who has ever lost someone. Whether through cheating, love gone cold, hurt in which ever form.
    The one I lost was my burning candle. And all I had to do to keep it burning was pay attention... I extinguished that flame, by hurting her

    When love dies,
    It ceases to exist.
    And the flame that used to be,
    Ceases to persist

    It feels like a wound that won't stop bleeding,
    Like it's your last breath you're about to take,
    And it feels like your soul's watching,
    And all you can do is pray you wake.

    When love dies,
    It's like everything slows down to a stop
    The tears that came rolling down your cheeks
    Are taking ages to drop

    To the cold tiled floor
    I fell onto my knees,
    It felt as if the light followed her shadow,
    As she slammed closed the door...

    Love died,
    I know this because my soul died too.
    And it was hurting as much
    As all the pain I put her through.

    When love died
    I ceased to exist
    The only thing that kept us together...
    Ceased to persist.

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  18. 16. The One Who Got Away

    • By Kiera
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2008

    To all the strong females who have been hurt in the past and don't believe they will ever find a true, real man again, this poem is a lesson learned the hard way, for you.

    My heart literally hurts.
    My chest is in pain.
    Life without you
    Will never be the same.

    I can't blame you
    Because I did you wrong too,
    But now that it's officially over,
    I don't know what to do.

    We started out as friends
    As I denied my feelings.
    You came to me;
    You wanted more with more meaning.

    I did, but I was scared.
    When you tried to be there, I left.
    I thought you were better than me,
    The best man I ever met.

    As time went on,
    I regretted my actions,
    Got caught up in my insecurities.
    They stopped me from acting.

    I couldn't believe you chose me
    When I knew you deserve better,
    So I carried on,
    As if I never met you.

    I finally got the nerve
    To look you in the eye.
    Such a beautiful man you are.
    It shook me inside.

    I tried to mend what I tore,
    But the damage was done.
    I came back too late.
    You found someone.

    I'll never forget your smile.
    I'll never forget your kiss.
    But your presence in my life
    Will forever be missed.

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  19. 17. I Could

    • By Chrys Lea
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2017

    This is about someone I care about a lot, and I waited until it was too late to tell them how I felt. Now they like someone else, and I don't have much of a chance to get them back.

    I Lost My Chance With You

    I could dream of you forever,
    But it wouldn't put me beside you.

    I could call your name on end,
    But you'll never hear me.

    I could ask a million questions,
    But I'll never get the answer I want.

    I could write a hundred poems,
    But you would still never understand.

    I could have said it before it was time to leave,
    But I said it in a little note.

    I could try to forget what I feel,
    But I've pushed too much out already.

    I could lie to myself,
    But lying exhausts the soul.

    I could give up on you,
    But too much of me still loves you.

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  20. 18. Moving On

    • By Karren
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2009

    I just wrote this poem a while ago; my boyfriend and I broke up and he chose another girl over me despite the fact that we're having a baby. He literally pushed me away, and I'll always remember his last words, "Please, just please let me go. I don't love you anymore!" It hurts so much; I just hope I'll be able to forget him and go on with my life.

    I treasured you in my heart.
    I wish we'd never be apart
    Because you're the best thing I've ever had.
    I never thought I could be this sad.

    You told me you're better off alone.
    Somehow I believed you, and I tried to be strong.
    Deep inside me I know something is wrong,
    But because I loved you, I continued to hold on.

    And then one day I woke up with tears in my eyes.
    I told myself "that's enough" and so I realized
    That I've given everything I've ever had,
    But despite all of these, you chose to break my heart.

    It's true I've never been perfect,
    But I thought you told me that everyone has its own defects.
    I know I hurt you; I know I made you cry,
    But I've always been true to you; my love was never a lie.

    So go on, live your life the way it should be.
    I'm finally letting go, so now you're free.
    I'm moving on, but I will always remember
    The friend I had in you that I hope I'll have forever.

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  21. 19. The Bench

    I wrote this poem a few months back after my partner and I split up...the bench was where we got engaged.

    Poem Remembering A Lost Love

    Sitting alone
    On a bench that's made for two,
    Only one side is empty,
    For that place is meant for you.
    As I look out
    Onto the beautiful seashore,
    Memories overtake me
    And wishes of making more.
    Do you remember this special place?
    And the moments we had here?
    You made my life that day,
    And that I will always hold near.
    I find myself walking,
    Not knowing where to go,
    But I always end up
    In that special place that we know.
    I sit down, can't move,
    Waiting for you to show,
    And when I feel your hand on mine,
    That's when I will go.
    Do you see, my darling,
    That this bench was made for two,
    And one day in the future,
    It will be filled again by me and you.

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  22. 20. Lost Love

    • By Robert B. Wolfe
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2016

    This is about my first love that I gave up when I went into the service. I never stopped loving her.

    Poem About My High School Sweetheart

    As I sit and ponder the day away.
    I remember the young love I gave away.
    I searched for a love like I left behind,
    Too young to realize she was one of a kind.

    Like a ship in the night,
    She sailed away.
    The hurt I felt
    I still feel today.

    For years I walked along a lonely shore,
    Dreaming of the eyes I'll see no more.
    The love I felt, I still feel today
    For the love of my life that I gave away.

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