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Christmas Farewells
by Felix LeRoy Perry

Friday, December 24, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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There is always something about saying goodbye to someone you love during the holidays. Perhaps because it is the time of year that love is closest to the surface in the majority of us. Regardless, this was written for my daughter the first year she went away from home for Christmas...

Christmas Farewells


We say goodbyes with kiss and hug

Hearts heavy with the sorrow

Tears brushed aside that blur the view

Of where we’ll be tomorrow


We joke to mask the words we know

Hang on each others tongue-tip poutily

“Stay, oh stay please don’t go away

Without your love I’m nobody”


One more kiss, one more embrace

Try to capture and retain

The body heat the essence of love

The aura that must remain


She walks away but turns once more

Reduced in size by space

A fleeting wave a pretend smile

A poignant memory of her face


The Christmas bells ring and the carolers sing

As her plane lifts through cloud and sky

Again I brush my tears to the wind

I must face the loneliness of why


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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 12/6/2008
A day you will always remember, no doubt. This makes me feel the sadness.
Reviewed by jude forese 12/25/2004
very moving, passionate melancholy ...
Reviewed by karen beecher (Reader) 12/24/2004
Such a sad time. Brings back memories of first Christmas away from my parents. But we do have our memories of Christmas times spent together. So glad that you have your daughter back close to you now. From the other side of the border my wish is that you and your family will have a blessed Christmas, and a great new year. Karen
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/24/2004
A very moving poem, Felix. Thank you for sharing this offering. I can completely relate. Best wishes of love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 12/24/2004
A sweet, touching write, Felix.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 12/24/2004
Well at least one thing once she is done with college she can always come back. But farewells are always sad and poignant. Nice write.
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 12/24/2004
My Brother stayed with us for a month, his marriage in tatters, but today, got up and did the bolt.... sucks big time, hurt the heck out of all of us, so to this I can relate big time.
Heartfelt write ty for sharing.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/24/2004
I could feel the ache in your heart, Felix and tears welled up in my eyes. I have no family where I live, now, which as a rule I handle just fine, but at the holidays, it always tugs on my heart. Excellent writing, I felt as though I was there with you. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Take care,
Reviewed by F William Broome 12/24/2004
Merry Christmas to you, Felix - from down in Georgia - where it's below the FREEZE mark at the moment.

The bitter sweet poignancy of saying goodbye reaches its apex at Christmas time, and you've said it so well for each of us. Your words, rhyming so delicately, are a collective gift, and I thank you for it. - Bill

Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 12/24/2004
Felix, I've read this scenario in many different ways, but this one takes you there. Just as though I was standing on the outside looking in.
Absolutely magnificent poetry.
Hopes fill my heart as I wish you and yours, a wonderful and Very Merry Christmas.

Reviewed by Michael Charles Messineo 12/24/2004
Felix, A very touching write!! Been there...


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