I Can Say Goodbye
I can say goodbye to you today
Like a flower says goodbye
To the soil that fills its veins with life,
And wrapped gingerly in a blanket of tears is laid
On chilly graveyard’s impenetrable ground
Or is left by fluttering hearts to wait and wilt
On unrequited love’s cruel threshold.
I can live apart from you tomorrow
But only if a rainbow’s graceful arc can shine undimmed
Without the brilliant shades of sunlight’s palette
And the canvas of misty air on which she paints.
I ask myself,
Will not my ears be deaf to music
Once emptied of the soothing balm of your sweet voice?
Will not my arms be cold and cracked as stone
Once robbed of all the warmth of your embrace?
What picture of the world can I envision
Without your eyes to light the paths before me
Without your words to mollify my spirit
And your hand to lend me strength when I fall down?
How then will I take leave of you today
And how will I move on alone tomorrow?
I do not know.