Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted July 11, 2018

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thoughts on comings and goings

Taking leave

by Mark Valentine

Leave-taking is not allowed
where bonds of blood or sacred vows
decree that, unlike passing kith,
the kinfolk we’re entangled with
must e’er remain within our sphere,
but such is not the story here.
Here, people come and people go.
There’s some we barely get to know
before our brief acquaintance ends,
while others come to be our friends.

I guess it tends to be that way
in any place we briefly stay.
But though, from places we move on,
they never are completely gone,
for when we leave we often find,
we’ve left a piece of us behind.
We’re not diminished though, because
we take a piece of them with us.
The end result? We’re not the same
upon exit as when we came.

And so it is twixt me and you,
our paths diverge, we say adieu.
Perhaps years hence when winds blow cold,
and you and I have both grown old,
some memory of our time together
will warm us through the wintry weather.
And I’ll be glad that we two met,
If only on the internet.


What inspired this one was the "disappearance" (from Fanstory) of a couple of the writers I have come to know - I got to thinking how that's not uncommon here, people come and people go - we learn a little something from each one, and when someone battles an illness, we care about it, even though we've never met them. At any rate, Gloria, and others, pointed out that this reads as if it is a farewell note from me - I'll add something to the author's note to indicate that it's not.
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