Ultimate Blog Challenge | Bent But Not Broken

Ultimate Blog Challenge | Bent But Not Broken

Today is the 25th day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. This post is about how the term ‘grow old with me’ is becoming rare these days. I think of my parent’s long marriage and wonder if it is now a thing of the past. I hope not.


My wounded heart ached for a while when you left

In all of the confusion and uncertainty,

I decided to pick my life up and find a reason to go on

to find some way to move past the hurt and rejection.


For months, I asked why…..why wasn’t I enough?

You made me feel as if I had a missing piece that you couldn’t live without,

So you found it elsewhere……without the rest of me

I wasn’t what you needed or wanted.


You’ve shaken my self-confidence, but only for the moment.

I know one day soon, I will come back swinging and

whether you are there or not to witness my rebirth

is of no consequence to me because, my real beauty…..


…..my strength…..will be on display for everyone else to see.

I will no longer care that you felt you’d outgrown me,

Because I will know for certain that my opinion matters more

than someone who got scared because my reflection

reminded him that life was short and he feared growing old with me.


That silky skin that you so proudly trot around town will one day

wrinkle and lose its elasticity and vibrant glow like ours have,

but you won’t be around to see it because by then she will begin

to notice that life is short and she feared growing old like you.



Renee King
  • Ryan
    Posted at 04:43h, 26 July Reply

    It is nice to see a post written that is a little bit sad but uplifting too. So many love songs these days end in tragedy without hope of recovering but yours is about feeling the pain, but moving on from it. As I am on my path in finding my why it is uplifting tales like these that help to inspire when the going gets stuff. Thanks
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    • Renee
      Posted at 21:15h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you, Ryan! I’m glad that you see it that way…..I was reminded of Frost’s “Nothing Gold Can Stay” while writing this….it was inspirational to me and sad at the same time……but couched in a reality that we all can identify with.
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  • Angie Hottentots-Laurel
    Posted at 08:59h, 26 July Reply

    This is awesome! It says everything I thought many years ago when my ex-fiance and I broke up because of his indiscretions.
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    • Renee
      Posted at 09:31h, 26 July Reply

      Hi Angie,

      I firmly believe that everything happens for a reason. To quote Marilyn Monroe, “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”

  • Minette
    Posted at 09:57h, 26 July Reply

    This is beautiful, your strength and beauty shine through. I love what a amazing role model you are for your daughter and other women. Although my husband and I have our challenges, we’re it for the long haul.
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    • Renee
      Posted at 10:09h, 26 July Reply


      Thanks so much and I am so happy to hear that love still can stand the test of time. You’ve made my day.

  • Hannah Hamilton
    Posted at 05:44h, 27 July Reply

    Thank you for sharing your heart in this piece. It’s better to have loved and lost, than not to have loved at all.
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    • Renee
      Posted at 10:57h, 27 July Reply


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