Paul Hansford


The Science of Parting


On a line from Mandelstam - 'I have learned the science of parting'

There was so much we never did together,
places to go and visit hand in hand,
so much we could have learned about each other,
so many things to say before goodbye.

Nobody ever knew how much I suffered;
but by applying all the skills I'd learned
I always coped. My strategies were successful;
the ache of separation always eased.

So many times the same has happened to me,
but every time the pain returns anew.
Just as intense, although it's so familiar,
regret comes like a band around my heart.

Falling in love, each time's a new experience;
the same thing goes for learning how to part.

Submitted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Edited: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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  • Rookie Paige S (4/16/2010 3:04:00 PM)

    That is so beautiful, Paul! Very moving and thought provoking, and tender. I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Susan Jarvis (10/1/2009 1:48:00 AM)

    The cool and theoretical title belies the heartfelt message within this superb poem. Every emotion is touched upon with a subtle grace and honesty. 'regret comes like a band around my heart.' is beautiful. S :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rahul Sharma (9/27/2009 10:24:00 AM)

    FULL OF THOUGHTS..........I AM SPEECHLESS THIS TIME, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , KEEP IT UP (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ana Zaldivar (5/31/2009 12:41:00 AM)

    Beautifully written... the first poem i read... and it is really beautifull love it :) (Report) Reply

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