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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