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Heartbreak refers to the end of a romance, the grief or disappointment over a lost love. There is no how-to manual for heartbreak, no guide to prepare one for the searing emotions of pain and loss.

In The Root’s continuing spoken-word series, Speaking Truth, we introduce Kristiana Rae Colón, a poet, playwright, actor, MC and educator. Her poem, "Instructions for the Next Heartbreak," is evidence of one who was overtaken by the grief of a not-forgotten relationship.

Colón performs the poem, from her collection promised instruments, overlooking the River Thames on London's South Bank.

Watch "Instructions for the Next Heartbreak":

Kristiana’s rhymes can be heard at and everything else at Follow her on Twitter.


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