Girlfriends, boyfriends,–

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

different meaning;

Goodbye, farewell, adieu,

Adios, arrivederci, Ciao,

Auf Wiedersehen

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


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