bittersweet goodbye

the heavy feeling in my chest—
the overwhelming emptiness–
is troubled by the lonely thought
that moments sweet are dearly bought.
for as circumstances bid us part,
I take a piece of my lover’s heart,
and he of mine.  Though now we walk
alone, no longer hand-in-hand, we talked
of memories made and times gone passed
that came too soon and fled so fast
to leave us, speechless, standing here
wondering what shall be our fare
when, after youth life’s dice has tossed,
we truly learn what all we’ve lost.
and when risk’s price we finally know,
where, then, do we go?
I took for granted the surety
of knowing, no matter where I’d be,
you’d doubtless be there at my side,
a friend in whom I could confide.
now, paralyzed, I stand in fear
not knowing where to go from here—-
and, looking up into your eyes,
I see a kindred heart that cries
along with mine. So how can it be
that you turn and walk away from me?
but I look at your life, I look at mine;
common sense affirms the two cannot combine,
and it is but the jagged splinters of my heart
that make this farewell’s taste so tart.
as you leave my life with all my love, I cry,
for you walk away with my bittersweet goodbye.


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  1. Such a beautiful poem that captures an emotion so difficult to generally express…when two old lovers meet again and once again say goodbye…you have touched the nerve of love lost.

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