Parting is such really awful sorrow; rather a permanent wave.

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And, fittingly, the last NaPoWriMo prompt calls for a goodbye poem.

I have written well over 30 this month already.  I could therefore acquire, and recline upon, a pile of Laurus nobilis leaves.  I won’t, though.

From this poem writing spree
We must now take leave
In words valedictory,
Prompt-cred to receive. 

Should one offer up ‘goodbye’?
But an atheist,
You not call on God on high,
Might full well insist. 

(‘God-be-with-you’ is what means
That-there parting shot,
So a non-believer leans
Counter to that lot.) 

‘Farewell’ is a better bet,
Though the ‘fare’ part, now,
Could old-fashioned seem to get –
Out of place, somehow. 

One might settle on, ‘So long!’
But what has this length?
‘Cheerio,’ is also wrong;
‘Pip-pip,’ has no strength. 

‘See ya!’ lacks all merit, too,
With its common touch;
 ‘Oh-rev-wah’ the French all do –
I don’t like it much. 

Seems the only thing that’s left,
This sad state to save,
So that you don’t feel bereft
Now we’re leaving … wave!


© Colonialist April 2014 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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61 Responses to Parting is such really awful sorrow; rather a permanent wave.

  1. Pussycat44 says:

    You didn’t mention the awful Dutch way of saying goodbye: the long drawn out “d-a-a-a-a-g!”


  2. Well done! Well done! 🙂


  3. Sonel says:

    *waves at Col* Lovely shot and rhyme as usual. You made me smile. 😀


  4. Ruth2Day says:

    I aw awarding you the perseverance award. You truly embraced NaPoWriMo and did yourself proud. Take a bow Sir!


  5. adeeyoyo says:

    I’ll miss your wordplay which I enjoy and will never tire of… although how you do it in a seemingly never-ending fashion I really don’t know… Such talent shouldn’t go to waste. Btw, if I understand you correctly, you will be doing more of one thing and less of another? Is that so?


    • colonialist says:

      Good to hear! It is not everyone’s cup of tea by a long way. I will still produce them because I get fun out of them, but will be doing other things as well, like joining in the community things more, and of course making mention of my novels and suchlike.


  6. bluebee says:

    Not waving but drowning in awfully rhyming rhymes.


  7. Not to mention sayonara, auf wiedersehn and (single syllabic) CIAO

    Thanks for your supportive company throughout the month, and even more thanks for the many good laughs.


  8. The Asian says:

    As long as the awful rhymes don’t stop, I’m happy 🙂


  9. martha0stout says:

    I loved that picture at the end! *waves*


  10. nrhatch says:

    A demain to de man!


  11. Serena Malcolm says:

    Haha, brilliant. I think I’ll miss you poems the most. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodnight!


  12. disperser says:

    Hallelujah! . . . although atheist, I’ll indulge in the popular way to put word to rejoicing.

    . . . nice punny ending.


  13. CC Champagne says:

    When I lived in Switzerland, even though it was in the German speaking part, they all said ‘ciao’ – Italian for both hello and bye… I kind of like that. I also very much like this! Thank you for this past month! Hope to see you again soon!


    • colonialist says:

      That is still in vogue, even in South Africa. I should have included it!
      I am regularly here – and my Really Awful Rhyme does carry on! I shall watch out for your further posts.


  14. misswhiplash says:

    wave oh wave upon the sea
    won’t you wave your wave to me
    to say farewell, would be okay
    as we are sure to meet another day


  15. misswhiplash says:

    believe me when I say to thee
    I bet they’ll miss your words so free
    I ask why does it need to go
    When you have enjoyed your writing so.
    Seems to me it could carry on
    rather than just go..or begone


  16. melouisef says:

    I like the photo!


  17. bulldog says:

    I think this is brilliant…


  18. Nice pics. Not sure about the poem. Title’s good though.


  19. Harmony says:

    That photo is soooo inviting! What I wouldn’t give to just dive in.

    The poem isn’t half bad either 😉

    *waves at the waves*


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