‘The True Value of Empty Words’

Empty Words are often all one can offer another when ending a relationship. If ever you are on the receiving end of a hollow statement from someone you care about, meant to gain closure for them, don’t beat yourself up with wondering why. Many people use empty words to avoid being honest, not because they want to spare your feelings, as they would have you believe. Honesty, trust and respect are the cornerstones of any genuine relationship. So what if they don’t exist in what seems to you, to be a genuine relationship?

Then consider this: If the need to ignore the importance of those attributes exists, then the true value of that person knowingly ignoring them, while offering a shallow excuse, has been established. Everyone deserves better than being treated with insincerity and disrespect, and everyone deserves to find genuine happiness. Let them go, along with the shallowness of any empty words they have lamely offered you. Two things will then occur; first of all, you will learn that you are worth far more and secondly, at some point in time, your ex will also experience someone else’s hollow insincerity.

“Empty Words”


The sand beneath our feet

transformed from its soft golden texture

to the sharp, bleached carelessness

of time’s mass abandonment  


Cast broken shells patiently waiting

for such a moment between tides

cried out in a muffled, scrunched joy

Shattering, in their quest to become sand


As we slowly walked I pondered – Why?

Even with their hearts and dreams plundered

Did they so willingly give up, then break

to forever emphasize what it is to be empty


I remember the next few steps

The wash of reaching waves

No more shells, just cement-like wet grey sand

Fine, yet seemingly course, so deeply determined

to firmly hold us, sinking in that moment


“I need to find myself!” you had declared

“Then turn on your mobile’s GPS!” – I knew

why the next wave laughingly soaked you!

Haunting empty words, on an empty beach remain

But as with all mortality’s discarded remnants

They will surely fade, as time turns them into grain…


                        *~ Pearldiver ~


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8 thoughts on “‘The True Value of Empty Words’

  • July 27, 2017 at 3:26 PM

    I adore these beautifully poetic words splashing up amongst the sand, from the “laughing” ocean waves … lovely poem!


  • July 27, 2017 at 4:09 PM

    Thank you so much for your positive review Tamara. A true experience and outcome we both deserved. My connection to the sea was far too important to me to simply let a wave slap me in the face… I didn’t get soaked on the day! Karma. Glad you enjoyed this piece… cheers.

  • July 27, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Oh my gosh, Rob, that last stanza is the epitome of the perfect come back – really made me laugh!. You have excellent advice in your intro and the poem is very well penned.

    My niece was married for over 20 years to a guy we all loved. After all those years, three children and some grandchildren, he says, “I need to find myself and see what is out there,” then left her. Geeze! all he had to do was turn on his GPS, for crying out loud!

    Great work, Rob.

    • July 28, 2017 at 12:47 PM

      Geeze is right Phyllis, this was a true situation in this piece and the timing of that wave was perfect. Glad you liked this one Phyllis. Thank you for your supportive review… take care

  • July 27, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Two lovers shifting sands beneath their feet. I know them well, 20 years of marriage I lost and all the words in both our worlds couldn’t convince us to stay together. What is it that causes the heart to break so badly that it’s even difficult looking into each others eyes as we shape shift into two different characters, strangers too us both. She looked me in the eye and said it’s over, please pack your things and leave. I drowned in my sorrows , my breath left me as I sunk deep into despair and the abyss. I shouted to the gods, why me, why us. Nobody answered. I hope that your wave didn’t sink you mate, as it did me. A beautiful expressed, yet to me very sad scribe.

    • July 28, 2017 at 1:55 PM

      Actually Vincent that wave genuinely put it all into perspective and pretty much washed the chance of any pain away. I’ve found that if you don’t look for an unrelated upside and find it, then there isn’t one available at that moment… so change direction, take a few more steps and have another look, because often upsides are like buses and there’ll be another one soon. I have too many other things to dwell on mate… Sorry this brought it all home to you again my friend, that certainly was not my intent. You take care Vincent.

  • July 27, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    I guess anyone who’s unprepared to be at least honest in a break up, is not worth the relationship anyway. As the saying goes ‘If someone shows you who they are, believe them’. Nicely crafted in rich phrasing and imagery Rob, and sad in its truth about selfish people.

    • July 28, 2017 at 12:54 PM

      Cheers Tony, yep dead right. I wouldn’t mind borrowing that saying mate, if you’re agreeable of course. I’ll trade you a pav, one crowded house and pharlap… and I’ll say absolutely nothing about underarm bowling okay? Glad you enjoyed this one sir. Take care


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