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  A Time to Say Good-bye
by jude forese
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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There are thoughts and then there are thoughts

There are worlds to create and episodes to reestablish

There are moments when realized
Relinquish all deception to the powers of truth

Truth touched by a beam
Flickering like a distant lighthouse
Leading the way to tomorrow

There are dreams to invent
And stars to embrace

Fires to feed
And wonders to manage

There is hope and anticipation
Filling the soul
With awe and mystery

With the will to endure

There is a window
One can peer out from
To see the world for what it really stands for

And a golden ladder
To climb upon
When the lead of life is much too heavy
And the activity surrounding you
Much too trite

There is a place so few will wander
And so many resist knowing

And yes, there is a time to leave
And say good-bye

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Reviewed by Edward Phillips 12/26/2013
And there is a time for us to learn something about writing beautiful poetry
That time is now -
Here is the place-
This is the poem-
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 8/19/2008
Boy, this sure is a change from the usual. Don't know how I missed it, but it sure is smooth, soothing in a sort of way. Keep doing these good jobs.
Reviewed by S D 2/11/2008
thank you for that poem. That was beautiful. And yes, I agree, there is a time to say good bye so that one can move forward to something new and vibrant
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 2/7/2008
This was well penned.
Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/20/2008
hello Robert I'm for the golden ladder of positivity and the good things in life, everyday I try to say goodbye to my negativity and negative depressive people, anyway great verse to ponder
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 10/19/2007
Your lovely poem takes us through the thoughts, activities, and feelings of life in a forward movement toward that fatal moment of goodbye. Well done.
Reviewed by Joseph Manzo 10/16/2007
Reviewed by J AG 10/7/2007
in our emotions and sentiments, like the childhood blanket we refuse to turn loose, we cling most every time to frayed and tattered fabric that is no more the memory we love. and in good-bye, we face the truth that we tried to shield ourselves from all along. beautiful imagery and reminder - thank you.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 9/20/2007
I love these tender spoken words Jude!
Encouragement is felt strongly!
Thank you for sharing your heart~
Warm hugs and Warmer love, Warrior Lady SheeeOOX
STay Happy, Positive and STrong!
Reviewed by R Beeman 9/16/2007
I truly enjoyed this write Jude. Yes, everything and everyone is so interconnected with time that their a time for everything, even a time to go and say good-bye.

Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 9/15/2007
Good-bye's are always bittersweet. Those who are left behind are saddened, but rejoice in the promise of an everlasting life.

Blessings to you,
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 9/15/2007
You climb that golden ladder to a new truth, how beautiful and knowing you are and expressed it thus! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 9/15/2007
Jude, if we don't diss of that which is of no value to us in this life, and embrace that which is...we are forever held captive by the past which is gone forever. We all need to move on, explore new horizons....Hoping that AD is NOT on the agenda for the past :)
Beautiful and Insightful, that which is your trademark dear friend.
Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen 6/29/2007
"There is a place so few will wander
And so many resist knowing"

How true!

Great write, Jude!

Now get that thought of leaving the Den outta your head right this minute!

(Can you tell I'm a mom? LOL!)

Reviewed by Pier Tyler 6/7/2006
I really hate good-byes, nevertheless, I've had to do just that. You've penned this one well. Thanks.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/20/2005
another i wish i had read much earlier..
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/8/2005
In one little piece, you've grasped the world.

Thank you.

Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/24/2005
This write is tender, sad and wise and expresses a love for humanity...
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 4/22/2005
Sometimes for a moment...and sometimes forever. Great write.
Reviewed by Janice Engle(rainbows) 4/22/2005
Sad poem ,Robert.But well written.
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 4/16/2005
Well said, Sir Ace. The all-consuming materialism that drives Westernized cultures today has eaten away the Soul of humanity-- Praise the Lord, and don't forget, "he" Always needs more money!
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 4/16/2005

I have found that Life is a series of letting go ... and finally, one day, we let ourselves go as the end sparks a new beginning.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 4/15/2005
"And yes, there is a time to leave
And say good-bye "
Wisdom spoken (written), bittersweet and painful though it may be. Thank you, Jude. Love and peace to you. Regis

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 4/14/2005
Sometimes we choose to say good-bye, and sometimes we are not given a chance to say, good-bye...powerful and beautiful write...

Peace, Carole

Reviewed by Robin Labenberg 4/14/2005
Lovely write..good-bye is always hard...harder still to do with grace...You also give some great reasons to live...nice duality
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/14/2005
good one
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 4/14/2005
Yep---There is a Place So Few Will(Ever) Wander


Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/14/2005
... Goodbye to all that inhibits and to the dust that clings or stultifies. Time, sometimes, to open the windows and to breathe the fresh, clean air of pastures new and as yet undiscovered. There is no such thing as standing still... we are either moving forwards or slipping back; status quo is a myth: balance and tension are hotly contested and are fought to be maintained. And, as it is too late for me to think straight, I'll just take a leaf out of your book and say "Goodbye!" Kate xx
Reviewed by Tiana ~ (Reader) 4/14/2005
This poem should be in a poetry book I was reading, "100 Things to Always Remember ... and One Thing Never to Forget." Words to live by ... Beautiful, heartfelt and uplifting, Jude ...
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/14/2005
A captivating write Robert!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 4/14/2005
This makes a wonderful "farewell" for a eulogy, a divorce, a friendship dismissed and lovers who never consumated in spirit.

A precious write Ace,
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/14/2005
Goodbye is often followed by a new experience :-) Wonderful thoughts you have shared with us here.

This is so true!

"There is a place so few will wander
And so many resist knowing "
Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 4/14/2005
Sometimes we have to walk away -- even from beauty. R
Reviewed by J. R. Corbin 4/14/2005
I think those of us who have been around for a while can relate and share this sentiment. New worlds to explore, and new horizons to reach.
Reviewed by George Jackson 4/14/2005
Another great piece of work. Well done.
Reviewed by Dale Clark 4/14/2005
I too feel that there is a time to leave
and life can be a burden, I know I don't
fear death or whatever may come. I guess
I've lived long enough to know that with
the good times comes sorrow. Excellent piece!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/14/2005
I too hope we are mistaken and this does not mean you are leaving the den, because we will miss your work tremendously.
Your friend,

Reviewed by George Carroll 4/14/2005
Life is full of changes. Old doors close and new ones beckon to be opened.
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight* Authors & Creations 4/14/2005
There is a time for everything from the time of nothing. So, there is time to leave for another arrival, and to welcome the time that comes after good-bye. Timeless beauty beyond all the times of this beautiful poem.
Reviewed by Antoinette Kopperfield 4/14/2005
As one would hope you would not leave us...The title captures the audience. I truly enjoy your talent and words of wisdom. Hope you will stay with us, forever....
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/14/2005
A captivating piece, Robert - and that will to endure is key.
Reviewed by M Flack 4/14/2005
Wow. This has so many levels to it...

Keeping in mind that every Good bye has a Hello. Much like every door that closes has another door waiting to be opened...

I hope this is not your way of saying good-bye to your many friends here at authors den. As you would be greatly missed...
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 4/13/2005
Robert, this is such a fine and touching write. Brings to mind the verse in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3...

[1] To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
[2] A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
[3] A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
[4] A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
[5] A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
[6] A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
[7] A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
[8] A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

In His Peace...Allen
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 4/13/2005
hmmm... perhaps I'm off base here, but this poem seems strangely full of hope and the vigor of living life to me. I just didn't read it (either time) as sad. with phrases like "truth touched by a beam," the "golden ladder" and best of all that magic window representing clarity and vision into the deeper world, this one just takes everything a notch higher and provokes thoughts of exploring the way with balance, joy and integrity. I have no idea why I just typed all that - as if I need any of my AD family who loves me anyway to think I have gone completely nuts. Whatever. Good poem :)
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 4/13/2005
wonderfully worded poignant poem
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 4/13/2005
This attention-grabbing word of "Good-bye" has diverted readers from concentrating on this beautiful and rather magnificient poem. Thank you Robert for your wdnderful contributions to the Den.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 4/13/2005
Very inspiring and emotional beautiful poem Very wise and powerful
I love
a golden ladder to climb upon when the lead of life is much too heavy.
The ending... wisest words/advice.
Thank you & Have a great day!(c:)
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 4/13/2005
Hey, if you're saying good-bye to someone, just make sure it's not me, okay. ~~Nordette
P.S.--Good poem, Shaman. I had to tell someone good-bye for my own good and the person's at the end of last year, so I know where this is coming from, but still the poem made me kind of weepy. Please mail tissue.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/13/2005
I hope this is only fiction, specifically the the time to say good-bye, as I would find it quite hard to enjoy the Den without you Sir Robert...Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 4/13/2005
This poem brings to mind that old song "Turn, Turn, Turn." "To everything there is a season." Very little in life remains the same and moving on and elevating to higher planes is what we all must strive for. Not everyone, even those we love, nor everything, even those things that mean so much to us, are meant to remain in a forefront position for our entire lifetime. We must move on...memories sweet are often part of our evolution...It is sad to say goodbye, but sometimes it is essential, for us to reach our destiny. This is an excellent and insightful offering, Robert.

Take care,

Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/13/2005
I dislike the word goodbye, I always preferred farewell. I hope the goodbye is just part of this beautiful poem! It has a haunting bittersweet taste
I'd like to say more, but I'll save it for Orion;-)

Reviewed by Ann Marquette 4/13/2005
Wow! Awesome and so true...
so beautifully written Robert..
it is as if you are looking at my life right now...
thank you,

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