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Goodbye Song

Another haunted night, I watch raindrops fall from consoling clouds, track each plane flying south, and I think of you. My lungs empty a lonely sigh… I bullet a dark, heaving sky with my angry words as I curse you for walking away again. I remember the starlings that came earlier; they circled low, then perched along the eaves while the sun held me in afternoon glow, as if to say goodbye, friend. We will meet again. I should have known. Night after night, shadows march a solemn procession across a long-faced moon. I know he is mourning, too. Weeds tangle my thoughts until I dream in a web of mismatched memories and neglected clues - so many questions, left in a heap at the foot of our bed, no answers said out loud. Loneliness plays blackjack with my heart; mocking me tonight, the house wins again. Why do I gamble after losing you before? How many times have you walked out that door? I try to mend cracks exposed when darkness fades into golden dawn. I try to color my crumbling world like a child. I paint smiles on your face in our albums to tell myself lies. I replay that moment you walked away; I envision every detail down to one lace that dangled from your new shoes, new shoes bought to step into our new life together. I remember when we wrapped ourselves in our dreams to keep warm. One day, your face will dissolve like a rain puddle on a summer day. One day, I’ll say goodbye and start again. Maybe today will be that day. At least today, I’ll try. A lone starling in a dark, glossy suit lands on my window sill at break of dawn. It wakes me with its sweet, warbled song and waits long enough for me to rise from bed so I might feel the promise of a new day shine through my soul. Then, as my tears fall soft like flowing silk, he spreads his wings and flies away. In light of dawn’s blessings, I am the starling, singing a goodbye song. I pray, tonight, I dream of anyone but you. written April, 2014

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  1. Date: 11/26/2015 11:51:00 PM

    Really sometimes farewell is expected and accepted but when u are in denial though still seeing your world crumble around you it's no doubt difficult. Congratulations dear.
  1. Date: 11/26/2015 9:49:00 PM

    'works'. Darn keyboard. x
  1. Date: 11/26/2015 9:48:00 PM

    Brilliant piece, Rhonda, and using 'bullet' as a verb in this context woreks so well. Great stuff. A #7 and a fave for me, thanks. Viv x
  1. Date: 11/26/2015 8:58:00 AM

    Wow, wow, wow! You never fail to amaze me. You are a gifted talented writer. This is a fav for me. Lots Of Love, armand
  1. Date: 11/26/2015 3:26:00 AM

    Congrats on ur win with this poem Rhonda.. great work!
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 8:05:00 PM

    Way to go Rhonda, congrats on your 1st place win x
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 6:29:00 PM

    What a beautiful poem, you have a gift. Congrats on your win. JDH
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 4:33:00 PM

    This poem had me gripped from the beginning.... So happy it was not forgotten forever... Congratulations on your first place in the contest...
  1. Date: 11/25/2015 2:38:00 AM

    Very nice pen Rhonda!A 7! Nice to see you back and posting again :)Wishing you a very lovely week!In his light God bless you!:)D.