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Always the Goodbye Girl? - Music and Poem about Saying Goodbye

Updated on December 22, 2014
Just another goodbye....
Just another goodbye.... | Source

From "The A.M. Poems"

This is another poem from my notebook of “The A.M. Poems,” those I have written in the wee hours of the morning when my mind is whirling with thoughts and questions—and my pen is rambling. This particular poem questions the madness of the world, the quest for any kind of truth, and the inevitability of good-byes.

As a child, it's not abnormal to experience goodbyes in life. As a child myself, I began to wonder if that was just a part of life that would always be. Have you ever seen the movie "The Goodbye Girl," by Neil Simon? Starring alongside Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason has her own trust issues, as all her relationships seem to end in goodbyes, or, in her case, without always even the courtesy of a goodbye.

Even better than the movie--my mom had (and now I have taken over!) the 45 RPM record of "Goodbye Girl," David Gates' (from the group, Bread) beautiful song that I listened to many, many times as a child in the 70's. This touching, haunting song still grabs me, and I still wonder.... Who will say goodbye...and who will stick around?

Always Goodbye?


A never-ending galaxy of good-byes

Lost romances

Tangled lies

Ill-gotten fame

And broken dreams

Endless crime—

Thoughtless and countless--

Wrapping itself around our time

Warping our senses,

Fragile minds,

Like puzzles, mazes,

No sense or rhyme,

A matter of looking

Or seeing or finding

Truth for love

Or hate or war

Or even children.

Like tasteless berries of fruitless wine,

We whimper

And fear

And open our eyes

One day in

Startled silence—

Good-bye.


Goodbye Girl by David Gates from Bread (one of my favorite songs)

Get Your Own Copy of the Goodbye Girl Album

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC--Your compliment about the rhythm and wording means so much. You're so right about good and bad good-byes, too. Thanks so much for your insightful comments!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Your poetry is fantastic. I love your approach and the way you use rhythm and wording to get your point across. Life is indeed full of good-byes...sometimes I wish we didn't have to witness some of those good-byes and other times they're a relief. It's interesting how it all works. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Recycling a poem for National Poetry Month!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      hahaha Funny guy. :-)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      *blush*

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You're great, PDX!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, i do what i can.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      hahaha. You have a great sense of humor, PDX!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      yes. His voice has probably helped create many babies

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, PDX! Yes, David Gates has a great sound!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great work... and david gates is the man :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      prasonline--Thanks for the compliments and votes. Glad you thought the poem was beautiful. I love that!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for commenting, Cags. Always a pleasure.... Glad you liked the poem.

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      Prasanna Marlin 5 years ago from Sri lanka

      I Appreciate,its Beautifully written and Beautiful poem. Thanks for share with us. Vote it up!

      Prasanna

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Pretty cool poem. Nicely written too. I'm one who understand that there's a universal truth for all of humanity and the problem is that there's just too much distortion and misinformation passed along by those who have power and wealth, and influence. It's a shame the world isn't capable of opening it's eyes to the atrocities that happen. It seems like more people are waiting for someone else to handle the problems of the world, when in fact they fail to realize that they are one of the problems. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ...with even a new title. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I decided to revise this one--with added explanation, and lovely music to accompany it.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's a great compliment, sweethearts. I'm following you as well. I love your poem about memories. Welcome to hubpages!

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      sweethearts2 6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      You've got a new follower - love your writing

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Admiral. Yes, many things in life are sad, don't ya think? There are often goodbyes. Not always, but it seems that sometimes sadness is easier to dwell on than are the happy times.... Thanks for commenting!

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      Admiral_Joraxx 6 years ago from Philippines

      Nice poem, its beautifully written, voted up and beautiful but the topic is sad, why is that?, do you often fine goodbyes in your life victoria?

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ah, I appreciate that, ytsenoh. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Wonderful language and matching image.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glad I added to your morning, prasetio30. Thanks for the vote, too! It's time I made my way over to some of your hubs again, too. Thanks for visiting!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was so beautiful poem. You also made my morning so wonderful. Thanks for share with us. Vote it up!

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Seeker7! I love it when a poem paints a picture in the mind. Glad you could relate!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Beautiful poem and what vivid pictures it presents to the mind's eye. Voted up + awesome!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      And you do the same for us Victoria. Thank you :)

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sunshine! You bring a little light into my life!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Magnificent poem! :)

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Binaya. I love your comments. Makes me feel good. See you around soon!

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      Wonderful word picture. Fresh metaphors. I truly admire your poems.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, thanks, Lucky Cats! I write from things I'm feeling at the time. thanks for your comments!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Just beautiful! Up Awesome and Beautiful...Amazing, really!