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Goodbye - for EAW

So She knew
That declaration of love
It took me by surprise
We hadn’t spoken for decades
The cut off when I didn’t reply
Later the daily prayers she sent up
I still did not know
Then the bald picture
It frightened me
She asked how I liked it
I replied in silence
She sensed my shock and lied
Its my new hair style
I completely missed it
She called to say Happy D died
I was sad and cried a little
We grew up together
They were both my (girl)friends
She asked me to send a donation
Then sent pictures at the funeral
She looked healthy with her white smile
When we parted as teenagers
That smile always stayed with me
We used to be mischievous
Playing in the rain all wet
Everybody knew then she left
And now two more pictures
She had lost a lot of weight
I barely recognized her
A gold ring on her withered hand
A grandchild on the other
They were dressing for church
Several months passed
I called again in vain
Finally the news came
She was gone …
She couldn’t wait for me
I have been thinking of her
Those days long long ago
I would wait up to catch a glimpse
Or perhaps to talk as she came by
I remember her other leaving
Like this one without goodbye
She had shielded me again
I just now caught on

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 10/13/2018 7:24:00 AM
This tore my heart apart, and tears are rolling....quietly painful in its intimate portrayal of face to face death of loved ones. Affection and grief, and realization interwoven ..." I just now caught on..." I am saving this as a favourite.
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M Braimah Saaka
Date: 10/14/2018 9:19:00 PM
Thanks for liking my poems! I hope the melancholy is not overwhelming. I appreciate you.