Lessons in Goodbye

This poem is buried (along with a couple of other dusty gems) in my “Maiden Voyage” post and I wanted to reprint it here, as it is one of my current favorites:

Exercises in letting go
Lessons in goodbye
First course:  the wind
Watch it scatter your still life
Carry away what you cherish and crave
It will bring it right back to your doorstep
It will blow in your heart’s desire
just to carry it off again, yet again
over some nondescript horizon
leaving you with a spectral’s variety
of promises, wishes and other silly tidings

Lesson number two:  the stars 
Many a nighttime’s shining gems
that which you reach for and so desire
are really darkened, deadened nebulae
whose rays are still traveling through time
to show you the rarest shade of light

Lesson number three:  mind, body, soul
you may have touched all in another
but as they’re moving on remember
as your path rolls on before you always recall
faces spinning out of sight
like phantoms in the night
reside together forever in the house of spirit

Lesson number four:  belongings
Only take what you need
Only need what you can carry
don’t hoard in fear, for if you give it all away
then your every requirement will be provided
Afterall you belong to the universal collective
What you think are your personal holdings
is only an illusion

Lesson number five:  death
It’s inevitable
so live each day
like it were your last

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About Unsungpoet

Life-long poet, numerologist, author of other previously unpublished works :)
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6 Responses to Lessons in Goodbye

  1. Lovely. I particularly like the Stars lesson.

  2. Lesson number five is my favorite. Too many people waste their life away not realising how short and precious it is.

  3. shiningcityonthehill says:

    All we have is our souls and dreams..nothing else is of consequence…thanks for this. x

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