A Farewell by Harriet Monroe
GOOD-BY: nay, do not grieve that it is over— The perfect hour; That the winged joy, sweet honey-loving rover, Flits from the flower. Grieve not,—it is the law. Love will be flying— 5 Yea, love and all. Glad was the living; blessed be the dying! Let the leaves fall.
Two prompts in a row!
And yet, this is my last for a while as I take time off to work on another important project. I'll be finishing the April challenge and then I'll be here on Mondays, so this isn't goodbye. Yet my last prompt as a Toad and for Day 24 of our April Challenge is:
Write a Hello and/or Goodbye poem.
A Few (of many) Possibilities:
- an entire saga from hello to goodbye of a person, event, toy, place, time of life, or etc
- a goodbye to one that is a hello to another
- a goodbye that is not a goodbye at all
- a charm to get rid of or to gain something
- anything you want that includes an idea of hello or of goodbye or both
Whatever your focus, get emotional, and make us readers feel that emotion by showing instead of telling.
Here are two examples for you, but remember to consider Haiku and Lune, Limerick and other forms as well.
(1) John Updike makes me feel loss in one of my favorite goodbye poems. Here he also celebrates the importance of hello:
(2) Lisa Russ Spaar explores the possibility of saying goodbye to the self in this wonderful poem:
Turning to watch you leave,I see we must always walk towardother loves, river of heavenbetween two office buildings.Orphaned cloud, fish soup poppling,book spined in the open palm. Unstoppable light.I think it is all right.Or do tonight, garden toada speaking stone,young sound in an old heart.Annul the self? I float it,a day lily in my wine. Oblivion?I love our lives,keeping me from it.
Source: Poetry (February 2013). Used by permission of Lisa Russ Spaar.
I love this! All the sounds and silences she describes! And Joy.
|The Flying Carpet, a depiction of the hero of Russian folklore, Ivan Tsarevich,|
by Viktor Vasnetsov (1880). Oil, canvas.
~Write a new poem addressing Hello and/or Goodbye.
~Put it in Mr. Linky and leave a comment.
~Come back to read other poems and write comments for the poets.
~I'll be coming around to visit each of you in the next few days.