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A Slow Goodbye

Eileen Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail Go to Poets Blog Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below is the poem entitled A Slow Goodbye which was written by poet Eileen Manassian. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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A Slow Goodbye

Because the decision
To say goodbye
Is too hard to take
Because my heart will break
With your last embrace
My soul bleed
To see your need
For me…
I say goodbye
Gradually

Slowly…I start to fade
A little less every day
Pulling back
Staying away
A little more every day
Almost imperceptible my retreat
So that you don’t notice
So that you don’t weep
Bracing your heart
For the time
When I will be no more

A gradual silent goodbye
No need to give reasons why
Just to…..fade
F  A    D     E……
While sun rays give in to shade
A time to savor every last moment
Gradually
G    R     A     D     U      A       L        L        Y
To cease to be
A slowly ebbing tide
That pulls away from you
Without you realizing
Till you are standing on only the 
Warm moistness
Of where I bathed you
Then you will know
Then you will see
That I’m gone…

Then it will be too late
To beg me to stay
To plead
And ask for reasons
To cry

A gradual goodbye
For my heart is about to die
I must leave
You will grieve
But you will be strong
You will carry on
For I withdrew
Little by little 
My little songs
My little words
From your heart

Slowly
Gradually
Imperceptible retreat
Till one day

O N E    D A Y

     I’ll   
                 be  
                               G……..
			                 O……….
				                    N………
					                       E……

Eileen Manassian Ghali


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  1. Date: 10/1/2013 1:00:00 PM
    It's so important to give all of yourself and to love wholeheartedly...make the other person never want to withdraw gradually....awesome write Eileen! Hugs

  1. Date: 9/23/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Been here, done that. Stunning. Phew!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 9:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) Stunning, eh???? ;) I will accept that graciously!
  1. Date: 9/22/2013 5:41:00 PM
    Most relationships move in this direction eventually but My little Desert Orchid will go with a bang lol. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 9:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Why, Mr Seal...Why must they move in this direction? This will not do. HA HA about the bang...Hmmmmm...perhaps you need to go through the poem a SECOND time...I mentioned a slowly ebbing tide...where is the BANG in that? You are a tease!!!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 6:30:00 PM
    Wow sweetie...riveting..... mesmerizing.... better than someone never realizing you are gone!...really enjoyed this one a lot...:-)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 9:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, MD...SO so sweet of you. A gradual parting of ways is perhaps better for all concerned....Easing into a new direction and path...Thanks for your comments! :)
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Happens to everyone - but that does not make it easy. I hope you are having a good day and keep up the moving poetry! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 9:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks ever so much, Matthew...Yes...Poetry is my life. I'm so glad for your visit! :)
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 4:07:00 PM
    A wonderful poem you have written Eileen on grief. It could not have been written better, well done...Peter

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 9:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Peter....your constant support is much appreciated!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 2:12:00 PM
    Ow goosebumps and a favourite..I guess that says it all..Wow

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 9:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    YUP YUP YUP! It sure does!!!! HUGS HUGS HUGS!!!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 1:49:00 PM
    One day we will be gone and yet we will be arriving in Glory and have an eternity to ponder all we have experienced here.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 10:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes...it is soon...very very soon! Thank you for the post, Richard...and for the reminder...Hugs
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 11:52:00 AM
    riveting piece you penned here, eileen... you give it a resonance that simply moves me..greeeat writing!..:) huggs

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 10:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Nette...you are always so sweet in the choice of words to encourage...I appreciate it! Hugs!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 11:13:00 AM
    Yes, i think the heart is the first to leave. What we usually don't see, or realize though is that often the other person's heart has moved on also. Gradual does show respect, but NEVER become obliged to stay. love and hugs, catie :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 10:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Catie...you are one wise wise woman! :) I appreciate the way you reveal what is in your heart....Hugs to you!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 10:28:00 AM
    I feel instead of "So that you don’t weep" I do weep and instead of "But you will be strong" you will be weak. Excellent poem on grief tied with full emotion. You know well what the heart speaks in such circumstances. You are genius poet for me. Loved always, bl

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 10:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for your input, my dear. However, I'm trying to say that I will leave gradually so that he WILL be able to move on without quiet noticing that I'm gone....Thanks for sharing your take on it, though...Very kind of you...Genius poet??? WOW! What an honor coming from a fellow poet. Thank you!!!!!!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 9:09:00 AM
    When is time for us to go is not our decision but HIS! Every day, it is true, we die a little and thus we are fading away! When we go though our heart shouldn't be full of regret or any other negative feeling BUT full of love because the ONE who receives us into His arms is pure LOVE! Great sentimental poem! Excellent expressions and rhythm!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 10:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Demetri mou...this was such an amazing amazing post...Yes, Yes to all of it...I do feel like life is fading away...little by little, but every day we live is written in HIS book before any one of them even came to be, so...He knows when the time is right...Thanks for the ray of light you shed on this...Filakia, my dear professor!!!
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 8:52:00 AM
    Very touchy, emotional as well as sentimental expressions penned well, Eileen

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/23/2013 10:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Dr Ram...I so appreciate your valued opinion.... :)
  1. Date: 9/21/2013 8:12:00 AM
    well i'm the first here, Eileen, this is wonderful poetry, but not surprisingly knowing of your prowess,, i find this your sentiment very scary ,, yet love to read what you write....

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/21/2013 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Harry...You are back! I'm so glad for this visit. Hope all is well with you. Yes.....this poem can be taken many ways, Harry. Sometimes...a slow goodbye is less abrasive than an all out...I'm LEAVING, is it not? Thanks for dropping by... :)