Even though they had been
divorced for over 20 years
she harbored intense
resentment towards him.

She spoke of their relationship
as if they had parted ways
just last week.
She didn’t realize
that her hatred
was eating herself
inside out…by those seething ulcers.

Photo from Google Images

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  1. I know these people… it is like the sorrow is more important than healing… alas it’s a sad world when we are eaten by resentment…it works like acid.. nice to see you writing again


    • Me too, Bjorn. Or they somehow “enjoy” the drama and attention their “woe as me” attitude gets them. It’s not healthy!


  2. Relationships can be like that, as we know. A poem filled with emotion. Hope you are well and hopefully settled once again. Thinking of you! 🙂

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  3. I’ve met her. She needs to let go. Incisive write.


    • I have too. A woman I was being trained for a job by started sharing about her ex husband and telling me what a louse he was. I innocently asked if this was a recent occurrence and she responded that they had been divorced for nearly 20 years! What? She was generally speaking an unhappy person and it had nothing to do with that ex husband…it was her choice. And thank you, Sarah!


  4. Sometimes lost love, a horrible experience with someone, == the memories can seethe inside and be as bad as the happenings. You’ve written it so well here. The tell tale words are that she still speaks of it as if it happened today….she probably erupts in anger from mundane things with her displaced anger at him. You’re right — inward stress, hatred, resentment can make one seriously ill. You’ve nailed it here.


    • Living in the past will only keep you in the past. You’re totally missing out on the present which is where our lives are! I actually knew a woman just like this who was the inspiration for my Quadrille. She was an unhappy person.


  5. I’ve known people like this who live on their resentment, who do harbor anger. Sad really.


  6. PS Good to see you here!


    • Yes, me too. They love to grouse and complain…I’m not sure why and how it serves them. It doesn’t really. So happy to be here, Toni…thank you. xo


  7. Glenn Buttkus

     /  September 24, 2018

    Claudia dropped by last week; like old home week. So good to read you, to feel your insights. I don’t know if drama queens will ever change. If there is one thing I learned turning 70 was that is very healthy to let things go, just let them slip away, slim down your soul profile, give away the clutter.


    • Aw, that’s nice that Claudia stopped by too. I’m taking baby steps to get myself back in the game so to speak. I so agree with you, Glenn, about letting things go. I’ve done the same thing as I’ve gotten older and I’m right behind you as I just turned 67…I can hardly believe it. But I think some of us realize that letting go feels so good and freeing. I like your idea of a slimmed down soul profile!


  8. This happens so often, tragically.


  9. Resentment and bitterness never help anyone. This is a beautifully written poem about what can happen when someone holds on to their resentment instead of healing from their pain.


  10. Hate can do that – eat you from the inside and leave you with no peace. Good one Gayle and hope you are well. Nice to see your name in the poetry trail.


    • Hating someone doesn’t usually do them any harm at all…they’re usually oblivious but it eats away at the one who hates. That’s why forgiveness is a valuable thing to do…for ourselves. Thank you, Grace, nice to be here.


  11. Every Second oF Un-ForGiveness
    Takes A Second of Life
    Away from
    Harbor LoVE NoW..:)


  12. Oh, this is really pointed in its expression of the anger that eats from the inside. I liked your use of “harbor” in this portrayal of resentment.


  13. Some toxicity just will not drain, draining the bearer in the process.

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  14. No healing without letting go. A strong, emotional write.



  15. Harboring resentment is never good for the heart or soul. Let that ship go out to sea..


  16. Good to read your poetry again, Gayle…resentment can give one ulcers!


  17. Hey Gayle! Lovely to see you back at the Poets Pub!
    ‘Seething’ is such an expressive word – I could almost see those ulcers or resentment bubbling and frothing! It makes me wonder what he did to affect her so deeply and over such a long time. She needs to let go.


    • Hi Kim…so nice to be here. I liked when that word popped into my head…seething, that exactly describes so much about that scenario. Some people find it so hard to let go don’t they…

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  18. bitter people bleed all over themselves and people that never hurt them too


  19. It can be hard to let go of the hate…but blogging helps 🙂


  20. Some people cannot let go of hate. It is sad. So good to see you again, Gayle!


    • No, they just can’t let go and they don’t realize that it harms themselves more so than their target. So nice to see you too, Sara…thanks for your visit. xo


  21. Barbara DeVoe

     /  October 12, 2018

    Wow! A great interpretation of the picture!



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