Poetry - I Can Feel You Say Goodbye

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I Can Feel You Say Goodbye

It’s clearer every day

I sense it in your touch

I see it in your eyes

We don’t talk very much


I hear it in your voice

Distraction haunts your eyes

The silence grows louder

I can feel you say good bye


You fade a little more each day

You love a little less

You’re moving farther away

This is such a painful test


Your interests are no longer here

You’re going through the motions

Though you will never show it

Never recognize the notion


I seldom sense you near me

I seldom feel your touch

Even in the same room

Contact isn’t much


Your future is looking bright

Excitement fills your face

It sure will be quiet

When you have left this place


I know that you must go

To fulfill your destiny

I know that happiness for you

May not include me


But my love for you

Is great than you know

That is how I can . . .

I must let you go


And if someday your path

Brings you back this way

Please know that I will be here

And maybe we will have more to say

Long Distance Relationships

I can say with certainty that long distance relationships rarely work. If they do, it takes both people working extra hard to keep the fire of love burning and communication open. Tremendous sacrifice is required from each person. There will be times when understanding and sensitivity are essential; such as, when the other person feels particularly lonesome, left out, or left behind. Both will need to be self reliant when those inevitabilities of life come along such as auto repairs or minor emergencies.

Even then, there is never a guarantee that such relationships will last. However, the technological advances of today can assist in keeping the lines of communication open. With cell phones, people can talk, text and even have face to face conversations anytime anywhere. The use of video chat keeps family and friends in touch across considerable distances.

In the days before the internet cell phones and instant messages, people kept in touch by writing letters on beautiful stationary, pouring over each and every word written to make sure the depth and meaning of the words were clear. It is an art form that I fear is dying.

I remember the thrill and excitement of receiving a letter, whether from my beloved grandmother, or the young soldier whom I was in love with far away at basic training. Each word was read over and over, stored away in the treasure chest of my heart. I would then reply sharing my deepest thoughts. The anticipation of letters from those loved ones made each post that much sweeter.

You read about grandparents or great-grandparents in those days long ago, that waited for loved ones off at war. Their love sustained by such letters, and I wonder if the hand written letter, sent through snail mail, might have just a little more substance than today’s instant communication?

I think about the spouses of today’s brave military, and what a test they face in keeping their families strong and their love growing. These folks fight on many fronts that the majority of people never have to deal with. Many of them succumb to the difficulties of the long distance relationship, but there are those that succeed.

I am not convinced that the instant messages of today hold the same abilities to convey the very personal and deep emotion that a handwritten letter does. For me, it somehow lacks the soul of the individual. However, if it keeps love alive and families together, it can’t be all bad.

It is also in the little things, such as a romantic card or a surprise bouquet that shows how much a person cares. It is with those little extras that show our loved ones we went the extra mile, we spent time and effort thinking about them, and letting them know they are special to us. That is what keeps love alive.

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b. Malin 5 years ago

These was a very Interesting Read Jkim. I liked the poem, though it was Sad...and I'm not sure that this Relationship was meant to be...Then you spoke of a Long Distant Relationship, and I have to agree, they rarely work. You've written a very Good Hub on this subject.


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miss_jkim 5 years ago Author

Thank you Malin. As an Army wife, I've been through a long distance relationship that did work, for years. However I am now in a relationship that I'm not so sure that distance will make the heart grow fonder.


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epigramman 5 years ago

....a very evocative title and so sad to follow and read these words but great great writing just the same - so very nice to connect with you once again my friend - hope all is well - and yes you still have this gift of writing ........ lake erie time ontario canada 1:15pm


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miss_jkim 5 years ago Author

Thank you epigramman, it is always a great compliment when you read and post on my hubs. All is well here in sunny Alabama.


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lovejulez03 5 years ago from Iowa

I very much enjoyed this piece and I thought it was very well written. The best part of it was that it was simple and put together well. I feel the sadness and I've felt it in my personal life. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing!


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miss_jkim 4 years ago Author

lovejulez03, I am glad that you stopped by and enjoyed this poem. Thank you for such kind comments.


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SMonaghan119 3 years ago from PA

Well spaced stanza's, and just about anyone can relate to the story it tells, very much enjoyed it.


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davidcharder 3 years ago from Show Low, AZ

Terrific writing and the poem conveys the emotions one feels when a relationship is slipping away - like sand grasped in your hand, the tighter one holds, the faster the sand disappears. Long distance relationships are nearly impossible to sustain, yet some can - I know, I've tried several times. Huge kudos to those who remain supportive of their spouses, the ones we forget are fighting wars, so far away.


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miss_jkim 3 years ago Author

Thank you davidcharder for stopping by and reading. I cherish your comments and encouragement.

God Bless!

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