Dear You


Don’t leave me like this!
Let’s talk about it.
What did I do wrong?
Can it be fixed?
I do whatever I have to do to correct it!
Just don’t go!
Please don’t leave me behind.
I can’t go on without you.
I am nothing without you.
Please don’t cut me off!
I can be better!
What do you need me to do to prove it to you?
I’ll do anything to be with you.
Anything you name it.
I love you like nobody loves you.
We are made for each other.
Without you I’m lost
Let’s work it out, okay?

Yours truly,


  1. Abigail Lee Smith on August 16, 2018 at 5:57 PM

    Whoa. I literally said “Whoa.” out loud when I read the signature line of the poem. Then I read the whole piece again, knowing whose POV it was from, and felt the power behind the piece. This poem has a depth of longing in the plea for reconciliation that most of us have felt at one time or another in our life… a plea for that person we love to stay present with us in the relationship.

    Nice work. Very nice work.

  2. Jennifer Woodworth on August 17, 2018 at 11:27 PM

    This is so powerful! It really expresses the emotions of the author. In one word, this poem is PERFECTION. It has all the realism that, at some point in life, we experience. Again, PERFECTION.

  3. Lindsay on August 25, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    I LOVE THIS!!! Great job, i really connected with this personally. Amazing job!

  4. Freddie Hoskin on October 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Really great use of the twist at the end, it changes the whole poem and forces you to go back and read it again and again to let it sink in in its fullness.

  5. Rhiannon on December 2, 2018 at 11:20 PM

    Very cool twist at the end. Unexpected and hits hard. Very good work.

  6. M Argersinger on February 15, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Definitely read this several times through. Very powerful and relatable. Great job!

  7. Kayelynn on April 21, 2020 at 2:47 PM


    Stunning poem that touches on a commonality in everyone who reads it. It was also interesting how you included a surprise that the letter was from self-respect because until the end, I believed that this was for a loved one. Very evocative language and I enjoyed your poem!

  8. L on June 30, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    I just finished reading your second poem, so I had to find the first one. This poem is so raw and powerful. I especially love the line “I love you like nobody loves you”. It is so true that whatever part of ourselves we have that loves ourselves is a love unlike any in the world. Also, the contrasting tones between this poem and the response are brilliant. Please keep writing.

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