Time to Say Goodbye | Short Poem No. 60

For all my friends facing a time to say goodbye. . .

Now it’s time for me to write our letter.

We always wait for time to say goodbye.

I always hoped that things would be better.

But, no, I couldn’t give a reason why.

And now, my body shivers at the thought

of how forever-expectations die;

how heart and soul can taste the sharp distraught

in a thousand lifetimes held in seconds.

I will keep all the many things you taught

close to my heart as memory beckons.

These thoughts, the only things I have to choose

to hold onto when souls cannot reckon.

But, no, my heart will not accept the truth

that what it has, it had, and had to lose.

Poets. . I wrote this poem in time of loss. Since that loss is still fresh in my heart, I can only concentrate on the poetic aspects of this poem. I really wanted to challenge myself, so I included a couple new themes of writing. Of course, this is a sonnet, but I decided to really concentrate on adding a “volta” in the last two lines, or sharp change. I also wrote it in a Terza Rima rhyming scheme.

If you want to check out another great sonnet, check out “Reflections of Mary” by Mishunderstood. That post is what inspired me to try Terza Rima. And if you haven’t yet, please check out my last post, “Could Not Care to Write,” which is much more light-hearted than this one. I also recently wrote “Tick of the Tock,” which characterizes how time is never stopping or slowly – perhaps relatable to this post, however also much more light-hearted.

© Joey Blue and thepoetryaboutus.com, 2019, except where noted. All rights reserved.

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Author: Jonathan Pines

I have experienced a lot in life. For a while, I kept it all inside of me. But now it's time to let it out. I'm writing with all of life's saltiness, perfecting poetry in the process.

37 thoughts on “Time to Say Goodbye | Short Poem No. 60”

    1. Thanks again. After I posted it, I realized it had similarities to your post “Eternal Sleep” that you just made, between the theme of passing on and using a flower as the image. Just a coindiciemce, though!

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  1. This is gorgeous writing, Joey, and from someone who has also recently experienced loss, it was difficult for me to read through. The line that caught my breath was “of how forever-expectations die.” Heart-wrenching in the best way.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kalya. I remember many of your posts and they were heart-touching as well. At some point loading my post, yours actually came to my mind. Thanks as always for stopping by and for your comment. . .

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  2. Eloquent and beautiful Joey. I’m sorry about your loss- I was very moved by this line…”how heart and soul can taste the sharp distraught in a thousand lifetimes held in seconds.” Well done. ❤

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