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Poem: Sad Farewell

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.


It is so difficult to watch one when he or she gets older.

The tears from her eyes broke my heart in two. I had not seen her cry before, but this moment was different.

She must leave the place she has called home.

The following poem is written about these feelings.

"God Will Make A Way" by Don Moen


Her mind is torn
with the thought of leaving
a place so dear to her heart
where cherished memories live.

A place where she raised a family,
a place full of love and sorrow
hiding in every corner of the walls,
a place her heart has called home
for so many years.

To fragile and frail to remain
tears fill her eyes
as she bids farewell
embarking on a new path
she doesn’t wish to travel.

A sorrowful moment of heartbreak
encompassed with the fear of the unknown
taking her fond memories along with her
she gains the strength
to greet her first step
of this unfamiliar journey.

"You Raise Me Up" by Selah



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 13, 2020:


Thank you for such insight.

I reread my poem and it doesn't say where she is going...perhaps this is better so one can grasp their own meaning of the words.

This is a new challenge for her as she is in a nursing home care facility which is sad and very difficult for all involved.

Thanks for reading.

manatita44 from london on January 13, 2020:

An excellent description of the anguish of unknowing … not knowing what tomorrow holds. She could have gone to heaven or embarked on new challenges. Doesn't say.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 10, 2020:


Thank you for such a thoughtful and well voiced text.

I agree with your words.

Thank you for reading and for your kind comment about my work.

Shalini Jadhvani from India on January 10, 2020:

So true Brenda. Novelty brings excite as well as a certain kind of anxiety. Change is an arduous step but it's a door to a beautiful and progressive journey ahead. The discomfort felt at the first step is worth the success and joy that is experienced as we complete climbing the last step of the ladder of success and embrace our sweet triumph. Indeed, a nice write and so much truth in your words. All the best and keep writing such beautiful poems as you do.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 08, 2020:

Ms. Dora,

You are so right. Good memories do help us survive those rough patches we must face in life.

Still difficult, but definitely helps one in the long run.

Thanks for reading.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 08, 2020:

Your poem shows the power of good memories. We must take the time to register them. They help us survive the hard times.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 08, 2020:


It broke my heart. My sorrow for her is beyond anything I have ever felt.

Through lots of prayer and deciding to look at this another way..she has taken the first step.

She is now looking at it like God has a plan.

There is another journey for her to take and possibly other people for her to help.

I am proud of her.

She is a strong lady.

Thank you for reading.

Enjoy your day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 08, 2020:


I am delighted to hear that I captured this feeling.

It is so heartbreaking. It hurts your heart so much to watch.

I can feel the pain and I feel helpless.

Thanks for reading.

Enjoy your day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 08, 2020:

Thank you, John.

It hurt my heart watching her pain, not wanting to leave.

Through lots of prayer, thinking about it in another way...she has given it a chance.

Thank you for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 08, 2020:


Yes, I try to put myself in that situation.

Thank you for reading.

Have a great day!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on January 08, 2020:

I feel sorry for her, but she is very brave as she takes that first step.

Lorna Lamon on January 08, 2020:

This made me think of my Dad when we had to put him into a care home. I can feel the sorrow within the lines. Touching and heartbreaking Brenda.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2020:

This is heartbreakingly sad, Brenda. When someone is forced to leave a place that has been their home for many years it is a terrible ordeal, especially if the person is older. It is so hard to start afresh or readjust. Good work capturing so much feeling in your poem.

Prateek Jain from Madhya Pradesh, India on January 08, 2020:

Another heart touching poetry. You just written down the thoughts which comes to various people's mind while imaging the scenario. Thanks for sharing

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