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Goodbye Again

Updated on August 26, 2014
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It can happen so fast

here one minute

and gone the next

as they say

in some cliché.

It made me think

who is next

can’t we get a break

from death’s slight of hand

hiding in the corner

always awaiting the next.

Life is just not fair.

Yes I know

many people

in their 90s and 80s

and 70s and 60s.

Ask myself

should I get so close

depend on them so

but what does it matter

people leave in their 40s and 50s

30s and 20s,

even little babies are not spared.

It seems to me

I am always saying farewell

to this one or that one

before it is time

and way too close to the last one.

It’s a part of life

God helps us through

opens ours hearts

to allow for remembrances

the bitterness to lessen

and for the good to outlast the pain.

Some people you always miss

leave you with a hole

that is never quite replaced by another.

Some you say in passing

oh, remember that good time we had

knew them but a little

their absence a slight hollowness

that doesn’t linger for too long.

Each time it happens

it always makes you think

selfishly about those you hold dear

and as silly as it sounds

what upset me the most

is the reality that my best friend will never always be.

When it happened

and I felt a shock all over

like the wind was knocked out,

I turned to look at my aging cat

the one whose death I always dread the most

and inappropriately wonder how long does she really have.

Yes, she is just a cat

but the one I depend on the most

to greet me when I come home

cheer me up when I am sad

lie down with me when I am sick

and play when we are happy.

Rational me

always says to myself

no one lives forever

she is only a cat

I will be able to let go.

But in honesty

old will never be old enough

the time will never be as long as I needed

it will always be too soon

and the sun will never seem to shine

as bright as it once did.

As she stares at me so intensely

and follows me from room to room,

I cry tears for another friend who’s gone.

She slowly climbs on the bed

using the steps she long resisted

as her aging bones allow her to jump no more

and silently moves to lie next to me

pats my nose ever so gently with her paw

and stays with me.

Through my sadness I think

I will never be ready

and thank God I didn’t have to be today.


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    • stricktlydating profile image

      StricktlyDating 3 years ago from Australia

      Very sweet

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This shows that we really are mere mortals. We must do things now instead of tomorrow, as the game of life will not last forever.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Sorry to hear about your pain, but this poem was awesome. I liked it immensely.

      Best regards,

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Thanks for the comment and read @Faith Reaper

      Amen to enjoying people while we can cause you never know what life has in store @MsDora

      Sorry about your sister @always exploring.

      Thanks for all the visits and comments.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Saying goodby is so very difficult. I just lost my sister Eva. A pet is just like family,it hurts when we lose them too. Thoughtful poetry....

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Parting is surely painful, but "It’s a part of life." That's a truth we cannot ignore. I love the attitude in your resignation. "Thank God I didn’t have to be today." Let's enjoy who's still here. Great, effective lines.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful and heartfelt. You have stated it all here as to life and death.

      Up and more and away

      God bless.