When Last We Say Good Bye

Updated on June 22, 2017
Painting by Maxfield Parrish
Painting by Maxfield Parrish

When Last We Say Good-Bye

We’ve climbed the mountains of Winter

And welcomed the soft breezes of Spring,

Strolled the verdant valleys of Summer,

Awaited the colors that Fall would bring.

But now I see the dark horses

Racing across the evening sky.

They are chasing away the white clouds

That painted my world from on high.

Soft clay has hardened into stone,

No longer are there vases here to mold.

My hands have ceased their dreams and skills,

For Summer is gone, and the day grows cold.

I see reflections of long ago,

See the past etched deep with wear.

My face is someone I do not know,

Where is the youth who did not care?

Ah, looking back, brings a smile and laugh,

We created sunrises together,

Lived through noon and spent the day,

That now leads to the evening after.

We shared so much of life’s great joys,

Filled our souls with joy and laughter.

Let us dwell on these and more,

As we face the great Hereafter.

And when at last we say good-bye,

I will leave with no regret,

For I shall wait for you beyond the sky

Where the sun will never set.

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      • Hanavee profile imageAUTHOR

        Brian Gray 

        19 months ago from Pennsylvania

        Dolores Monet,

        Thank you for reading my poem, and I am always happy to hear from readers regarding their reactions to my writings. This life is a journey, but love continues on beyond.


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        Dolores Monet 

        19 months ago from East Coast, United States

        It's wonderful how you made loss beautiful. No stranger to loss myself, I appreciated this lovely poem

      • Hanavee profile imageAUTHOR

        Brian Gray 

        20 months ago from Pennsylvania


        Thank you for your kind comments. I am glad that you got the message.


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        20 months ago from NewYork

        Some wonderful imagery, love how the poem made me feel

        peace within.. great write ..

      • Hanavee profile imageAUTHOR

        Brian Gray 

        20 months ago from Pennsylvania


        Thank you for reading my latest work. Yes, it is so true that saying good-bye to loved ones is hard, and the day comes for all of us when we look ahead, and as someone wisely said, we see that we have more yesterdays than tomorrows. I tell people to live fully and to love deeply.


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        Ryan Fuller 

        20 months ago from Louisiana, USA

        What a lovely poem. You showed true emotion. It is amazing how time can fly by and how life seems to do the same. Saying goodbye is always a difficult thing to do, especially to the ones we love. But holding on to memories is the best medicine I say to get through those rough times.


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