Friday, March 07, 2008

Goodbye

The Sun fell from the sky two days ago
I thought he would bounce several times,
maybe longer; all balls bounce even low on air.

Instead, he formed into a spirit with a white straw hat,
and slipped quietly through the air conditioner vents,
and ceiling tiles until he reached the roof:

a last look at the construction next door,
the tears, the folded hands and sighs.
He hopped on the back of a saddled prayer,
rode due West to the edge of the world,
turned, and left the sunset as goodbye.

for Benny
goodbye my friend goodbye.

19 comments:

floots said...

so much sadness and love in here pat
a beautiful farewell

jel said...

I'm sorry to hear that !

Janice Thomson said...

Very moving Pat - a beautifully written goodbye.

Rethabile said...

Awesome. The friendship shines through.

Don Iannone said...

Indeed a beautiful goodbye. So much said here. All the best, Don

boulies said...

Beautiful Pat. I'm sure he hears your message of love. The power of your friendship is felt in your words.

polona said...

a wonderful and moving farewell...

NINANINA said...

the sun is a constant shapeshifter.... this poem is thought provoking :)

sage said...

beautiful, with a tinge of sadness

C said...

that was very touching.

Anonymous said...

We never want to believe a dear friend is mortal. Friendship is immortal though. loss of a friend is never easy. Your beautiful words are a wonderful tribute to Bennie and the friendship you shared that will go on until you see him again.

Pat, is it anyone I know?

Lainey

trinitystar said...

Thought provoking poem ... farewell to the physical presence ... yet, always in your heart.

The sun will rise for rebirth.
Hugs for you.

dsnake1 said...

powerful. very moving poem.

Katie McKenna said...

So beautiful despite the sadness!

Inside our hands, outside our hearts said...

Beautiful and sad. I can feel the love that you carry.

T

gautami tripathy said...

A beautiful tribute for your friend. May his soul rest in peace.

gel (emerald eyes) said...

Painfully moving, Pat.
Your loving words fall effortlessly unlike what I imagine to be the heaviness in your heart.
Condolences upon the death of your friend Benny.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful tribute to our wonderful friend...I'll never look at a sunset the same way after reading your words..
LA

janetleigh said...

omg, you just made me burst into tears. I don't think I've ever read anything so beautifully written or so sad and final. I don't know what to say, it's taken me by surprise.. bye
4 now.. and I'm so sorry for your loss..