Sunday, February 04, 2007

Fourteen Forms of Farewell

I tried to write a poem on this theme for Sunday Scribblings, but it didn't work so here's a list instead:


leaving school and the friends you made there
the moment of first leaving home
a goodbye kiss to your partner on the way to work
walking out of an unliked job
relief as a difficult colleague hands in her notice
fond farewells as a friend leaves town
the last look at the place of your 'once in a lifetime' holiday
relief of leaving the 'hotel from hell'
uncertainty on leaving your country for two years abroad
sadness on leaving the country that had been home for two years
ridding your mind of thoughts of someone who haunted you
mixed feelings of leaving a lover gone cold
Sadness on the death of someone well loved
An elegiac farewell to a life and love now lost


If you're being kind you could read that as a list poem, but for those who would rather read a real poem, luckily on Crafty Green Poet, I recently re-posted a farewell to a species - Passenger Pigeon.

8 comments:

Kamsin said...

Really nice poetic list, to coin a phrase!

Tammy said...

I loved the goodbye of a fabulous holiday ;)

paris parfait said...

A nice description of varying forms of farewell encountered in one's lifetime.

Remiman said...

Juliet,
You've lived an amazing life when you can remember many goodbyes.
rel

~Kathryn~ said...

i can relate to so many of those
great lis

gautami tripathy said...

I liked the list in poetry!

GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

Good description of different types of goodbyes in your life, cgp.

That prompt was tough for me, too. Al I did was post a poem from 2 years ago, revised it only a tad, and didn't want to endure more revising because of emotional "stuff" too private for the internet. I'm off to your other site, now!

Jone said...

It is a great list. "relief of leaving the 'hotel from hell' made me smile, been to one myself. The thing about lists is the rich ingredients for other writings