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Aspects of Parting

Updated on April 19, 2011

A parting bead is a piece of wood 
Dividing windows in a sash 
So they can move independently 
Given weather foul or good 

A parting of the ways 
May indicate a clash 
Of philosophy or personality 
Or words misunderstood 

Of the parting of hair 
Opinions can be contentious 
The difference between here or there 
Attractive or pretentious 

If we are parting company 
You’ve probably had enough of me 
Though the opposite might be true 
That I may have had enough of you 

The parting of the red sea 
Allowed the Hebrews to survive 
Pharaoh’s chariot drivers – not so lucky 
Were parted from their lives 

In love, parting may 
Seem right or wrong 
Time apart seem short or long 
Whether forever or a day 

If one is uncertain 
And is lacking a sense of tact 
One can part a curtain 
To prove a suspected fact 

‘Parting with such sweet sorrow’
Usually indicates a ‘morrow’ 
Whereas parting as ‘friends’ 
Usually “the end”  


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    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Eiddwen!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      8 years ago from Wales

      Great poem and thanks for sharing.

      I especially liked the last verse, which is so true.

      I rate this one up,

      Take care


    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Good old Yul! Great villain. Upstaged Moses every time :)

      Thank you, Doug!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      8 years ago

      Subtle rhyme scheme -- always a plus.

      The last line about parting as "friends" got me laughing. How true. "I'm going to alter my lifestyle and see other people, but let's be friends."

      The mention of Moses and the Pharoah's chariots had me thinking of Yul Brynner's bald head and I'm sure you know why. This was fun.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thanks so much, Leptirela.

    • Leptirela profile image


      8 years ago from I don't know half the time

      Its emotional and I feel there is a tiny bit of me in there

      Excellent way of writing

      Vote up :)

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      I like an interesting metaphor, too, Kathryn! :)

    • kathryn1000 profile image


      8 years ago from London

      I like that,an interesting metaphor.

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      I have tried various parting techniques, but I find that just cutting it real short and letting it do what comes naturally works best.

    • Randy Behavior profile image

      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      I've always parted off to the side, you?

    • Tom Rubenoff profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom rubenoff 

      8 years ago from United States

      Thank you! It was fun and challenging to write.

    • juneaukid profile image

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed the lyricism of this poem.

    • jjackson786 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This is really nice. Great work!


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