The Goodbyes We Get

We realize we’d figured out
Things we had not said yet,
But those are the goodbyes we need
Versus the ones we get.

For though we think that we might see
The future, and the past,
So many words we thought we’d say
We didn’t, at the last.

For time moves on, inexorable,
And though by general laws,
The smallest variations mean
We may miss out, because

We had imagined differently.
Then real events occurred,
And there are no more days to hear
Whatever wasn’t heard.

And then, though eyes may water wide,
And hearts may open bleed,
We’ve only the goodbye we got,
Versus the one

We need

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