My Dear John
Found poem created from the work of Carolyn Tytler
Take the blame for choosing
such a cowardly way of ending
the relationship; lacking courage,
but believe that there is no benefit
in continuing to see each other.
State that you are sorry for the
grief this letter will cause,
but that your decision is final.
Try to remove as much pain
and self-blame as you can. Thank
them for the kindness, the good times,
Mention some of their better qualities:
their self-assurance, their sense of humor,
Express confidence that there will be
some lucky individual they deserve.
Tie up any loose ends. Return the
library books. You won't be able to
lend your canoe, you have changed to
another dentist, so not to visit the
uncle every six months. Try to remove
every possible link between the two
of you, so there will be few occasions
when you just happen to "run into" each other.
Assure them that you will not be:
talking to mutual friends behind
their back. The story you intend
to tell is that you parted by mutual
agreement and that you are still friends.
You simply decided you weren't right
for each other and have both decided
to move on; no accusations, no regrets.
Wish them good luck,
all the best for the future
and hope that every dream
comes true. Sign the letter.