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Dorm Goodbye

Updated on September 18, 2012
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When words and dreams collide, poetry results. These poetry hubs reflect my life, my interests and all the things that move me.

Letting Go

Aaron with his roommate, all settled in, I hope?
Aaron with his roommate, all settled in, I hope? | Source

I left him at the dorm

Hedrick hall crowded as

Central station at rush hour

A hug and words too many

To put into a single satchel

Of reminders

“Brush your teeth

Eat your fruits and vegetables

Do your homework

Stay away from drugs and alcohol.”

Like post-it-notes—will they fly away

In the new winds of change?

Even now, they seem

Like frail streamers flailing …

In the storms of unknowns

They streak across the stark sky

Falling, flailing, floundering.

Moving carts and checking in--move-in day can be busy and crazy.
Moving carts and checking in--move-in day can be busy and crazy. | Source
A bit of luxuries from home--in case he misses us.
A bit of luxuries from home--in case he misses us. | Source

This leaving a part of you

At the dorm…the part of you

That you grew for the last eighteen years.

As he releases his arms around you

To face a new beginning

And you knew the grasp will

Slacken like the

Wilting of stems

As time climbs the mountain

Of never-ending peaks.

The unflinching sun looks on

Bright and callous….

It’s just another day.

While your heart smudges

Bleeding red at the fray.

The heart cracks open

Within, the ebbing

Of tides rushing to break free

Lapping, lapping

The shifting sands of change

Stirs and moans

As shadows weave in and out

of waters swishing with muted groans.

The throbbing of tears swells

To unleash in quiet moments of gray

Reflection, but for now a brave front

As he walks away.

Was it not for this moment you prepare him for?


The day finally came—the moment my son, Aaron, was preparing for—to launch into the adult world. He is looking forward with anticipation—finally college move-in day. As he watched his friends go off one by one to colleges near and far, he told me, “It’s about time.” I know-- it’s about time he goes off to UCLA. one of the colleges to start late in the school year. It's a big move, a happy move..a big step into the real world yet, something about letting go has made this a bitter sweet event.

It’s time to let go but this moment of realization brings with it much reflection. I have to get used to him not being there for dinner. I’ve to get used to the empty spot on his computer desk where he plays his music, chats on facebook and presumably does his homework. I have to get used to him not coming in through the garage door after school each day and asking, “What did you do today, mom?” I’ve to get used to not seeing his dimpled smile in the morning or getting high fives whenever he’s happy.

I’ve to wait for him to get home on holidays to replay a semblance of life before college.

That’s just too much for a mom, you think? You’ve grown your child and now he takes off…leaving a space… but that’s just me, I’m a nostalgic sentimental fool.

This poem was reflective of the day we said goodbye to him at the dorm. After settling him at the dorm and dawdling for as long as we could, it was time to say goodbye.

Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Quotes to ponder:

Change is never easy, you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go. – The Wonder Years

Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened. – Dr. Seuss

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. – Havelock Ellis

Don't let go too soon and don't hang on too long-- Morrie Schwartz in the book, Tuesday with Morrie (one of my favorite books).

Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? ~Author Unknown


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