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How Do You Say Goodbye

How do you say goodbye to someone you've loved
With whom you have shared your life
Is a goodbye enough or "I'll see you around"
After walking together through strife?

How do you say goodbye to a person who held
Such a great big space in your heart
Do you offer a hug, or a goodbye kiss
Or a wave of the arm as you part?

Who knew when you met and proceeded to walk
Down that road filled with places and things
That you'd find such a friend with the same cares as you
A relation unending it seemed

How do you say goodbye to that loved one or friend 
Do you pretend that all is okay
Would you hold back the words and let silence prevail
Even though you have things left to say?

Did you have the chance to say your goodbye 
To someone you thought was so true
Were you sad when you realized that you had to part
Or did it not bother you?

Was the goodbye you had a sudden thing
That came at you out of the blue?
Or was it a slow one - built up over time
Not hurting as much, cause you knew

What is it you do if they're taken from you
You're unable to say your goodbye
You can hope in your heart that they knew how you felt
But now - only tears left to cry

Did you watch as the love started slipping away
Wondering how could this possibly be
After all the good times - all the trials we went through
Was I really unable to see?

One thing is for sure, new days come - old days go
And love will be lost and found
It's important to know that you gave it your best
No matter what life brings around

Now it's time to let go and move on with your life
After all - tomorrows do come
How you face it today is the healing for you
Goodbye is the right thing for some 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 10/20/2015 5:18:00 PM
Excellent poem Neva. Sometimes is very difficult to say good bye.
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Neva Romaine
Date: 10/21/2015 8:58:00 AM
Hey Nayda, thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments. You are so right, it is a difficult thing to do. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 9/19/2015 8:58:00 PM
A 7-PLUS--this poignant poem about one of the most powerful words in the language! Janice
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Date: 9/21/2015 2:12:00 PM
Hey Janice, thanks for visiting with me and for your wonderful comments on my poem. It truly is a powerful word evoking great and varied emotions. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 9/14/2015 7:34:00 PM
Well Hello Dear....It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do was when I had to say goodbye to My Grandmother Deb ....I was in the hospital room with My Sister,My momma, and My Dad (her Son)and her daughter My lovely aunt and her husband,my uncle was there as well and the rest of her family ....It was a sad moment in our life but God knows when its time to go ....I'm only happy for the time God blessed me with before he took her....Great poem ...rated it a seven!-Love Ettie
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Date: 9/21/2015 2:11:00 PM
Hey Ettie, thank you so much for visiting me and sharing your story with me. It really can be a heartbreaking and very hard when we have to let our loved ones go and say goodbye. I do appreciate your gracious comments. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 9/14/2015 9:48:00 AM
Hi Neva, what an excellent write this is about saying good-bye when a relationship ends. At this stage in my life, I have learned quite a few valuable lessons and one of them is to make a clean break from anyone when the relationship is over. It is the gift of saying good-bye and I thank God for that. A-7. Pandita
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Date: 9/14/2015 3:22:00 PM
Hey Pandita, thank you so much for finding a moment to visit with me. I do appreciate your lovely comments and I totally agree. When it is time to say goodbye, that is it! So many people make the mistake of dragging things on when it is over. I look forward to enjoyed more of your poems. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 9/12/2015 11:26:00 AM
I am all the better because you mentioned this poem to me ... many times I have driven away from a long-distance relative / friend and felt 'bye' was way too inadequate for all my emotion, and wondered do they feel same ... does their heart echo my hurt? Will this feeling also sit with them for hours ... You expressed all this and more beautifully in your poem ... CayCay
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Date: 9/14/2015 3:19:00 PM
Hey CayCay, I thank you so much for your visits and your warm and wonderful comments and insight on my poems. It's so nice to know that others can relate to our feelings and experiences. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 4/21/2015 10:38:00 AM
Neva, it's nice to stop by and choose among your lovely pens.. :)!!! this one is heart melting and really good one!!!//olive eloisa.. :)!
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Date: 4/22/2015 3:53:00 PM
Dear Olive Eloisa, you are a sweetie pie and I am so glad you found time to visit me. Thank you so much for your lovely and encouraging comments on my poem, it truly means a lot to me. I will be visiting you very soon too. Thank you sweetheart and Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 4/13/2015 10:02:00 AM
I agree with Bethany. What a wonderful piece of work you have written here and it touches my soul. I lost 2 family members to cancer and caring for my mother now. This poem touches my heart in so many ways. Thank you for this write and for it, Neva, I love you so. A (7) for me and a favorite....Sharon G.
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Date: 4/14/2015 9:13:00 AM
Sweet Sharon, I am so honored that you have found time to visit again and on your amazing and heartfelt comments on How Do You Say Goodbye. My heart aches with sadness for your loss and my prayers are lifted up for your mom. I am so glad that this poem has touched such a deep place in your heart and I am so grateful for your support and encouragement. With love back to you, Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 4/10/2015 7:43:00 PM
what a beautiful piece of work you have written here, my friend. I enjoyed this immensely tonight... it brought a tear to my eye. There have been many goodbyes said in my life, some long and slow... others so unexpected without the chance for one more hug or one more I love you. But this is also such a good reminder that goodbyes will come...My dad has cancer and its a daily reminder to me to never take for granted the opportunities to make each moment with him count. blessings,my friend!
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Date: 4/11/2015 3:06:00 PM
Dearest Bethany, thank you so much for finding a moment to visit with me and for your much appreciated comments. Please know that my prayers are with you and your dad. I am so glad my poem touched you in such a personal way. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 4/6/2015 6:32:00 PM
I'm happy to be back here again to your reply. I had a nice Easter. You are a talented poet, Neva... Linda
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Date: 4/5/2015 9:54:00 PM
Hello Neva, I'm late... I'm now viewing your reply to my comment. :), Thank you for the sweet reply to my comment. Have yourself a Happy Easter Love LINDA
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Date: 4/6/2015 3:00:00 PM
Hey Linda, thanks for find a little time to visit and comment. I pray you had a wonderful Easter as well. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 4/2/2015 8:35:00 PM
Captures many different ~Good Byes~ an Beautifully expresses the many sides of emotions.... I can relate to your song....I have been on both sides.... Thank You,, for the Journey back in Time... xo
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Date: 4/6/2015 2:59:00 PM
Hey Ninette, thank you for finding a moment to visit me and for your sweet comments on How Do You Say Goodbye. I truly appreciate it so much. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 3/16/2015 8:58:00 PM
I am a sucker for creations about real life and the depth of it all. You captured it well here. I really dig it. By the way, thank you for the comment you gave on my poem as well. I always enjoy getting them. They are few and far between for me. KEEP WRITING!
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Date: 3/17/2015 3:06:00 PM
Hey Marty, I am so honored you found a moment to visit me and for the insightful comments on my poem How Do You Say Goodbye. It means a lot to me and I can assure you that I will be visiting and enjoying your poems as well. Thanks again Marty and Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 3/14/2015 11:50:00 AM
Rousing pondering questions about the tender subject of goodbye.... written beautifully and with lots of thought. Excellent! Hugs
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Date: 3/17/2015 2:52:00 PM
Thank you so much Cecilia for visiting and for your lovely comments on my poem How Do You Say Goodbye. I really appreciate it. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 2/28/2015 8:12:00 PM
It's never easy, at times the best thing to do (say). Neva, I once had a relationship with a man who was not mine. I never got to say goodbye. But, I'm okay with that. However, when my biological mother passed, I was upset with her. I never got to say goodbye. I wish I had. I still cry, knowing she left in a way, I can't forgive her. She left without saying goodbye. I love her, my mother. I just wish that goodbye was there for me... Love this poem.. Moved me in every way. Love LINDA
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Date: 3/2/2015 3:49:00 PM
Dearest Linda, thank you for viewing and commenting on my poem How Do You Say Goodbye. You are so right, it's never easy just necessary at times. I so appreciate you sharing such deeply emotional experiences with me. As you can tell by the poem I do understand how you feel. You know Linda, with the love I sense that you have for your mother, though it is hard to forgive her for leaving you without your goodbye - still though - you must, for the sake of your own heart and for your own inner peace. She could have been holding it in her heart for you and time wouldn't allow her to say it to you. Some things we just simply will never know why. I am so pleased that this poem has affected such feelings - we are surely connected through it. Thanks Linda and know that I treasure your opinion. Be Blessed always, Neva
Date: 2/27/2015 3:30:00 PM
Beautiful poem ***** Thank you for sharing this .
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Date: 3/2/2015 3:53:00 PM
Thank you Any for your visit and for your very sweet comment on my poem How Do You Say Goodbye. I do appreciate it so much. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 2/26/2015 12:00:00 PM
Enjoyed reading this 'goodbye' poem, Neva. There will always be the questions that will never be answered. Parting shots depend on individual situations...you seem to be taking yours in your stride:) // paul
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Date: 2/26/2015 1:52:00 PM
Dearest Paul, I am so honored that you found more moments to visit with me. I admire your gift and it means so much to me to receive your insightful comments on my poem How Do You Say Goodbye. Thank you so much Paul. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 2/3/2015 10:23:00 AM
Great poem.. thanks for the suggestion for me to read this.. I enjoyed it. Words for thought for sure.
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Date: 2/3/2015 10:32:00 AM
Hey Rebecca, I'm glad you checked it out. I actually just got through reading your new poem "I Gave It All I Had". Oh my, you have such a fiery personality - full of emotion, strength and grit. I do like the way you express yourself in your poems. Be Blessed, Neva
Date: 1/22/2015 3:35:00 PM
wow now that has meaning, I love it thank neva for writing it 7 rating :D
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Date: 1/2/2015 3:50:00 PM
You never say goodbye to one you truly love
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Date: 10/16/2014 4:59:00 PM
Yes! Neva...Good stuff! Goodbye is the right thing for some! Such truth!! 7 hugs, chuck
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Neva Romaine
Date: 11/7/2014 8:52:00 AM
Hey Chuck, thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I do appreciate you taking the time to read my poem. 7 hugs back to you. Neva