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Farewell My Friend
by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie
Saturday, June 24, 2006
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Land of the Muse Challenge Poem

The Challenge: To use the phrase:

“So Long, farewell”

Farewell My Friend

I am looking out at the world today,
From the top of my mountain,
How beautiful the sunset is,
All red and golden…

The clouds are floating by,
And if I reach out I swear I can touch the sky!
Such a beautiful way to end this day,
Just sitting quietly watching the sky slowly fade away…

So strange to think this is the end,
The last day of our friendship,
There have been too many storms
And my heart is aching.

Strange to think how it all begin,
Me saving you from yourself,
Teaching you to think about the things you say.
You’ve come a long way,
But the end is nigh,
And I am going away.

Oh how I remember those dark days,
When it all began…
I never thought I’d have a friend again,
It was far too hard on my heart and spirit,
Far too hard on me-

I didn’t need friends then,
I had my books and writings,
My forest and peace,
I had everything I needed.

Except a friend to share my dreams with,
A friend who cared about me…

(Ah my lovely friend,
You saved me too.)

But the times have changed,
And the hours we share now are so few,
I know its time to let go,
We both have other things to do.

So I will sit here and watch this beautiful day end,
The way our friendship ended,
And then I will say to you,
“So long, farewell my friend,
It’s time I traveled on alone…

Fireside Poetry

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Reviewed by Jimmy Mills 12/2/2006
Rein--A masterpiece at best. BTW, I'm not going anywhere. We are friends for life! Get use to it. :-) Jim
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 10/31/2006
What a beautiful haunting poem. It touches my heart...M
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 8/19/2006
this poem of yours is absolulely a gem.
Reviewed by Vesna Blueflame 7/15/2006
so have such a big heart..wish you lived nextdoor to me..
I could use a true friend..

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/12/2006
You are a good friend.

Beautifully said...

Reviewed by Dale Clark 7/11/2006
An elegant farewell and saying goodbye is
oh so sad. Moving Retta!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 7/10/2006
grace, dignity, & transcendence herein, retta. beautifully expressed.
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 6/27/2006
Beautiful piece and beautiful photo.
Simply beautiful, Retta!
Reviewed by richard poor 6/27/2006
i wouldnt want you to sat farewell to me....maybe see ya...
but you have done very good with this write!!!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/27/2006
Dear Reindeer,

What a beautiful way to say "farewell". Your poetry is so down to earth and filled with the spirit.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/26/2006
Sad emotion filled lines Retta but written with grace and beauty.

Reviewed by jude forese 6/25/2006
farewell can be hard to say but you have eloquently done so, in this beautiful poem ...
Reviewed by Handsum Hart 6/25/2006
Sometimes that's how life is, kinda sad when friends part.
Nice work

Blue skies and sunshine
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 6/25/2006
Whatever you write, it's great!
Have a great day!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/25/2006
Bittersweet, full of heartfelt emotion, and very very good, Reindeer.

And what a marvelous picture.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/25/2006
Outstanding write
Good challenge

LOve & Peace
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/25/2006
A very intriguing write. I absolutely love that message. Sometimes we just have to move on, even if it means being alone...

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/25/2006
So gentle yet sad, though we all must travel on alone...
A beaut of a soul you do indeed have....
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 6/24/2006
Retta...beautiful poetry full of love from your inner being.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/24/2006
This brings tears from the well of my soul, Retta; that is because I can relate so well to what you express via your verses here. Thank you for sharing this soul-reaching gift. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Linda Hill 6/24/2006
Beautiful write from a beautiful heart, Retta. You have amazing talent.

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 6/24/2006
Beautiful and heartbreaking poem, Reindeer. Your verses stand alone with or without the challenge line and your images are both intense and tangible. Your writings often take my breath away and this is one of those times.
Take care,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/24/2006
Beautiful touching verse....challenge well met!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by J M 6/24/2006
This is not only serene and scenic but outstanding. I hope you were given vote for this challenge. Beautifull.

But the times have changed,
And the hours we share now are so few,
I know its time to let go,
We both have other things to do.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/24/2006
Reindeer, the beauty of the art and poem combine to make this an outstanding work! I love the way you so eloquently wrote this one!

Reviewed by Aberjhani 6/24/2006
Golden lines filled with poignant emotion and spiritual grace. Captures fully the intimate substance of relationships and parting.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/24/2006
A beautifully moving eulogy and write, Reindeer, very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sara Coslett 6/24/2006
Wonderful poem, one I can relate to so well. In fact, I've been writing a poem on saying farewell to someone as well. You make it sound so peaceful, so right. But to me, it is heart-breaking. It seems as though every aspect of life is such a struggle. Even something as simple as friendship. ~ Sara
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/24/2006
It isn't easy to say goodbye; very well done! LOL at Jerry's comment!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/24/2006
I panicked when I read the title. Don't DO that! Very well written pice of poetical poetry with the premise of love/friendship sour'd. Very good.
Reviewed by F William Broome 6/24/2006
Saying goodby, farewell, so long, or Get Lost, isn't easy.
But, you make it so tender and meaningful, I almost wish you were my FORMER friend. - That's good work. Sharing it is a morning joy.
- Bill
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/24/2006
I'm glad this is not a farewell but a challenge for us to write one that will never be as good as that which you have written. The pic is as beautiful as the poem.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/24/2006
This is a wonderful and spontaneous response to the challenge..
Kudos to you
God Bless
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