Friday, 13 January 2012

Poems: The End of Love



Sophie Hannah is best known as the writer of torturously plotted thrillers but before embarking on writing novels was better known as a poet. I love this one and think it fits in with my previous post about weddings. I agree with her sentiment here. Broken relationships need big announcements too.

 

The End of Love

by Sophie Hannah


The end of love should be a big event.
It should involve the hiring of a hall.
Why the hell not? It happens to us all.
Why should it pass without acknowledgment?
Suits should be dry-cleaned, invitations sent.
Whatever form it takes—a tiff, a brawl—
The end of love should be a big event.
It should involve the hiring of a hall.
Better than the unquestioning descent
Into the trap of silence, than the crawl
From visible to hidden, door to wall.
Get the announcements made, the money spent.
The end of love should be a big event.
It should involve the hiring of a hall.

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