one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
and another day
he broke my heart
i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning
I find it hard to review poetry so this is basically just a little appreciation post because I’m so excited for Gretchen.
I’m sure you’re all aware that our very own Gretchen @ Chic Nerd Reads has been working on her debut poetry collection. It was published a few days ago and naturally I bought and read it straight away.
I remember when Gretchen announced that she was working on this book and now it’s out in the world and I am so proud of her ♥ Anyone who knows her has seen how hard she’s worked and whenever she tweets about her Amazon rankings I get SO HAPPY because she deserves all the success and recognition. Please go support her if you can!
I spent a good portion of this collection crying because all these poems hit me in the best way possible. I’m so thankful for Gretchen sharing her story of love, heartbreak and healing because it made me feel less alone in mine.
I’m going to get a bit personal here, so bear with me. When I was 18 I was in love with a boy and thus begun 3 years of a ‘relationship’ – if you can even call it that – that was incredibly emotionally abusive. Every time he fucked up I would go back. I knew the cycle off by heart, but every time he said “I’m sorry” I would just clean the slate and forget everything. I thought he was the one, I thought I could change him ect. ect. He would only want me when he was drunk or needed an ego boost. Still, I would have done anything for him and he knew it and used it to his advantage. If I had read these poems back then I feel like I could have really found the strength to break free. They definitely would have made me feel less alone, anyway.
Current me and 18 year old me are so glad this collection exists. I know there’s so many people out there who have been or who are in a similar situation. I hope they read these words and realise their worth.
If you enjoyed the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace or milk and honey by Rupi Kaur then you’re going to love Gretchen’s collection just as much. She has such a beautiful way with words. Even the poems I didn’t connect to personally still really hit me.
Here’s some of my favourites from the collection:
love, and you is a story about hurting but finding strength within yourself, that you’ve always had, to start healing again. It shows that you’ve always been more than the person who hurt you. I can’t recommend it enough.