The vessel’s horn bellows, the anchor’s retrieved,
The journey begins on the vast open seas,
Meanwhile on the harbour, loved ones are gathered,
As the ship pulls away, their hearts are in tatters.
It feels like desertion, but it must be this way,
We’ve so much to do, otherwise we would stay,
The horizon engulfs the craft’s blurry image,
Our story’s on pause, but God willing, not finished.
There are times in our lives when we must say goodbye to our loved ones temporarily, in order to journey somewhere else, and although we plan to see them again, the parting of ways can be a tough time for all involved.
This piece exists to capture and illustrate those moments metaphorically, the floods of emotions, the pending widened distance between you, the tears and torment, the hugs, the love and the hope of more memories to come.
Have you got any goodbye rituals that you perform with your loved ones? Mine is making jokes that they or I (depending on who’s leaving) have plotted and schemed, loads of different ways to delay or stop the departure… like hiding possessions, blocking vehicles in, siphoning fuel, etc! 🤣🤣🤣
If you’ve got any good farewell rituals or sweet phrases you or your loved ones use, please do share them! 😁
Love and Respect always,
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