How do you say goodbye

to everyone you love,

your family and friends

who you hold high above.


How do you say goodbye

to the one in your heart;

your soul mate, from who

none could tear you apart.


Your night and your day

and in every sweet way,

no words could express

what you’re needing to say.


How do you say goodbye

to the child in your hand

who you’ve loved and nurtured

and played with in the sand.


Just what do you say to

those questioning eyes,

for they’ll never understand

all your tearful goodbyes.


How could you sigh

and just simply let go

of all that you love

and all that you know.


Heartbreak and fear

as you bid them goodbye,

their tear stained faces

framing sorrowful eyes.


How on earth do we cope

with that harshest reality,

that everything must end

with such certain finality.


How do you say goodbye

to everything you know,

and how will you feel

at the end of the show?


Treasured words

and rapturous applause

but the curtain closes

without an encore.


Grief and sorrow,

frustration and rage,

the final curtain call

on a desolate stage.




Written by Darren Scanlon, April 2014.

Revised 17th May 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.



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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Red Sunset says:

    Brought tears to my eyes. Loss is the most difficult emotion we will ever go through. We all have our own beliefs concerning the end, but I choose the power of love. ❤

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    1. Thanks Red. Its something that we are all going to have to face sooner or later but something we rarely think about.

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  2. What a powerful poem, Darren. I really enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading more of your poetry.

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    1. Thank you, Rhodia

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  3. Wow! that was a deep heartfelt poem Darren. How does one ever begin to say goodbye.. ( I held the hand of my Dad as I talked him on his journey as he past.. He had such a hard battle.. And I said it was ok for him to let go, that we would be fine. And that we would never be separated because we were bound with the cord of Love..

    Many thanks Darren.. for touching hearts..

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