no one expects a fleeting goodbye to be the last one;
and often, one hears somebody say
“I never really got to say goodbye”.
As we grow older,
and loved ones pass over, leaving us behind
to wonder where they have really gone,
that final goodbye takes on an entirely
Goodbye, farewell, adieu,
Adios, arrivederci, Ciao,
Sayonara, Salam, Au Revoir,
Aloha, Hasta la Vista,
in any language, “goodbye” leaves an aching place
in your heart.
Sandra Lee Smith
Originally posted February, 2009
Updated October 21, 2018