Friday, December 23, 2011

Haiku Friday--Letting Go

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

It's finally time
To accept that it's over--
Time to say goodbye.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Friday, November 25, 2011

Haiku Friday--Memories

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Memories of us
Turn the happiest of days
Into times of tears.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Say What You Mean

What he said:
I love you
I'm in it for the long haul
I'm willing to wait for you, as long as it takes
I'd give up everything to be with you
Forever and beyond

What he meant:
I want you
I'm in it for as long as it's convenient for me
I'm willing to wait until I decide not to wait any more
I'll give you up to keep everything I have
Till the going gets tough.

Even though her head knew exactly what he meant,
Her heart chose to hear only what he said,
Trusting once again in the WORDS,
And now her badly broken heart
Will never be able to love anyone but him.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Two Years

Two years since we agreed to be honest
Two years since we spoke what was on our minds
Two years since you first gave me butterflies
Two years since we promised to be "in it for the long haul"
Two years since you put a smile on my face I thought I'd wear forever

And one year of having nothing but memories of us.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Birthday

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Nineteen years ago
My life was blessed by her birth--
Celebrate today!
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Saturday, November 12, 2011


She said "I love you," and meant forever.
He said "I love you," and meant for now.

She dreamed of making a life with him
He dreamed of making love with her

She gave her heart to him
He gave his body to her

She can't forget him
He doesn't remember she existed.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Friday, November 11, 2011

Haiku Friday--Curiosity

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

I'm wondering why
Someone from inside his house
Still comes here to read.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Thursday, November 10, 2011

If You Only Knew

If you only knew
How much you're still part of my life
How thoughts of you take up my days
How dreams of you fill my nights

If you only knew
How I trusted in your promises
How I believed in your dreams
How I meant every word I said

If you only knew
How much I still miss you
How much I still need you
How much I still love you

If you only knew
Would it matter to you at all?
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Friday, November 4, 2011

Haiku Friday--Plans

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Phone call from a friend
Last minute plans for the day
Getting back to life.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Friday, October 28, 2011

Always Been A Quitter

When it comes to love, I've always been a quitter:
Boy meets girl, boy gets too close, girl leaves boy.
That's the pattern I'd followed all my life.
I believed that nothing lasts forever
So I was determined to push each one away
Before they moved on and broke my heart.

But with you, my world turned upside down--
I told you my deepest fears and secrets without pause,
Trusting that you'd accept and understand, and still love me.
How ironic that this time it was you who ran,
Too afraid of what we felt and what it meant.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Over Me?

Are you really over me?
Have you forgotten all we shared?
Didn't you know my love was real?
Was it worth it to break my heart for her?

I'll never be over you--
Every day I miss your eyes,
Your smile, your voice, your kiss.

I'll never forget all we shared--
Hugs and kisses, laughter and tears,
Dreams and wishes, hopes and fears.

I always loved you, and I always will--
Everything I said came straight from the heart
And was so much more than JUST the words.

I hope it was all worth it for you--
Because I know, in spite of all the pain,
I'd gladly go back and do it all over again.
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Haiku Friday

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Hidden from the world
Deep within myself again
Craving solitude
© 2011 Teresa Kander

Thursday, October 20, 2011



All those falling leaves
Remind me of our last day
Walking through the park.
© Teresa Kander 2011

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Where I'm From

[Somewhere between poetry and prose. :)]
I am from plastic pools in the yard in the summer, wooden sleds down the hill in winter; from RC and Fresca, Chef Boyardee and Lucky Charms; from Barbie dolls and transistor radios.

I am from the house with the big yard and the deck I helped my father build; from the pool table in the basement and the beautiful white bedroom suite. I am from the soft spring breezes and the colorful autumn leaves; from the majestic Ohio River and the gently rolling hills.I am from the tobacco crops and the fields of green beans; from the potatoes and the tomatoes; from the corn and the cucumbers.

I am from the trees I climbed fearlessly, and the swing set where I practiced my acrobatics; from the "hole" where we played with Matchbox cars and the futures we created in our imaginations.

I am from family reunions every year and Sunday afternoons at Granny's; from cousins who were my best friends and playmates, and scary movie marathons on New Year's Eve. I am from Danners and Johnsons, from Wards and Lamberts.

I am from hard workers who gardened and canned, from frugal people who haggled and bargained shopped. I am from patriots who served their country proudly, from moral, ethical people who held to their standards in the face of every temptation.

I am from Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, from the Tooth Fairy and the bogey man. I am from trick or treating for hours, and getting popcorn balls, apples, and even apple cider and donuts from the neighbors. I am from bedtime stories and weekly trips to the library, from valuing education and all types of learning.

I am from church every Sunday, whether you wanted to go or not, from Vacation Bible School and children's choir. I am from youth group and play practice, from confirmation and church camp, from doubt to faith and back again.

I am from Gallipolis, Ohio, but I'm also from Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland. I am from George Washington's brother, and from Queen Elizabeth I's aunt. I am from meatloaf and mashed potatoes, from apple butter and from bread and butter pickles. I am from country gravy and biscuits, from sweet tea that's nearly syrup.

I am from the River Recreation Festival and the Gallia County Fair. I am from the home of Bob Evans and O.O. McIntire. I am from the town of the French Five Hundred, where Lafayette once stayed at the Our House Tavern.. I am from watching the Delta Queen move peacefully down the river, from barges heaped with coal.

I am from two people who married just two months after their first meeting. I am from hard-working country folks who married as teens. I am from equally hard-working "city" folk who married in their early twenties.

I am from pictures in a photo album, from black and white and from color. I am from Christmases and birthdays, from graduations and vacations. I am from putting on my new dress just to have my picture taken on the front porch. I am from slumber parties and birthday cakes, from football games and band contests.

I am from six years as an only child, and from being a big sister to my younger brother. I am from a happy family of four, and from a "broken home." I am from stepparents and stepsiblings, and ever changing family relationships.

I am from failed marriages and finding true love, from a son, two daughters and a young grandson. I am from teaching and writing, from trying to figure out just who I am.

I am from everything that has ever existed.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Love's Not Enough

On the outside I can smile and say it wasn't meant to be
But inside I want to turn back time and have you here with me
The odds were stacked against us from the very start
And now we live separate lives with two broken hearts
We fell so fast, so head over heels in love
How could we know that love just wasn't enough?
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lady In Waiting

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

She waited for him
To say she was not crazy--
That he felt it too.

She waited for him
To say what she longed to hear--
"Forever, my love."

She waited for him
On that dreary winter day
It all became real.

She waited for him
When it would have been easy
To just walk away

She waited for him
To decide if he wanted
To be in her life

She waited for him
Until he told her goodbye
And left her alone

She still waits for him
Day after day after day
Hoping he'll return.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Haiku Friday

*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

God gave you to me
Showed me how true love could be
You took it away.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011


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Facing the unknown
Waiting for those test results
Will they change my life?
© Teresa Kander 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011


I built a wall around my heart
To keep my emotions locked away
But that wall was broken for you.

I made a commitment and a vow
To be true to someone as long as I lived
But that vow was broken for you

I gave you my trust
Daring to believe your every word
But that trust was broken by you

I let you have my heart
Fully and completely, without question
But that heart was broken by you

I dreamed bigger bolder dreams
Of a future that would have you in it
But those dreams were broken by you

I used to have a life that I enjoyed
Because I didn't know what I was missing
But now I am irreparably broken for you.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011


This week's entry to the 100 word challenge posted HERE:
This week's word is STORM.

Emotions roll like thunder through my brain:
Am I angry, disappointed, hurt, sad, or all of the above?
Do I want to confront him with what I know,
Or wait to see how long it takes for him to come to me?
How much longer will this game go on?
Will he be watching my every move, weighing my every word,
Waiting to catch me slipping up in the smallest way?
Now that I know where I stand, I’m through….
I’ll be who I am, and he can take me or leave me.
The ball is in his court now.
© Teresa Kander  2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


One day
You will return
To say you regret
Breaking such a true heart,
Wanting to give us another chance.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

It Should Be Over

It should be over by now:
All the pain, sadness and disappointment
Of the heartbreak of losing him.

But every day brings another thought
Of what could have/should have been
And how much I still love him.

I guess it's true what I always heard
And longed to find for myself:
When love is real, it never dies.

I just never knew it would mean living with all this pain.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

OMG....I really did it!

Well, folks, believe it or not, I'm now a PUBLISHED POET....there's an honest to goodness book with a wide selection of my poetry, available for purchase now on The book is called HEARTBREAK AND HAPPINESS, and it's available here. Not big on self-promotion, but it would just thrill me to pieces if people were to actually buy this! :)

Monday, August 1, 2011


This post is written from a prompt, provided here:


4.) Write a poem inspired by the word "Loss".

Thinking of all I've lost in my life:
People, relationships, emotions.
Knowing I can never get it back again.
Wondering what I would do differently if I could.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011


*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel


She still remembers
The soft color of his eyes
That gazed in her soul.

She still remembers
The sweet sound of the voice which
Whispered "Forever."

She still remembers
The soft touch of his fingers
Making her tremble.

She still remembers
The promise he made--that she'd
Be his everything.

She'll never forget
The day he walked away and
Took her heart with him.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011


*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Take what you can get
Remembering what once was
Nothing will compare
© Teresa Kander 2011

Monday, May 2, 2011


#3- Write a limerick.

There once was a man named Osama
Who rode on a camel, not llama
He lived there in the sand
Somewhere in Pakistan
And laughed every day at Obama.
© Teresa D. Kander 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011


*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Windblown trees bend down
Trying to kiss ground below
When will peace return?
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011


*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Glowing like the sun
Joy and happiness are shown
In the smile she wears.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011


*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Dream another life
Make it all you want and need
Let it bring comfort.
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011


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Burns within my heart
Controls every thought and deed
Makes life worth living
© Teresa Kander 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You Won

Yours is the face he sees each day
Yours is the voice he hears say "I love you"
Yours are the arms that hold him close
You are the one he chose to give forever
You won--so why rub it in?
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Haiku Friday--Hope


*Haiku Friday is hosted by LouCeel

Flies on angel wings
Lives in every dreamer's heart
Reason to go on
© Teresa Kander 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Haiku Friday--Deception

*Haiku Friday is hosted by Lou at LouCeeL.


Nothing as it seems

Life is full of illusion

Everyone wears masks.

© Teresa Kander 2011