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,

Following Whispers.

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Author: Following Whispers

Hello, I'm Following Whispers, an English poet and author who has been writing for around two decades. I'm a self-professed geek who can get deep sometimes, but I personally don't take myself too seriously, I just love to have fun, plus inspire myself and others. In my early twenties, I realised that beauty can be born out of not only love, but also pain and other motivations. The more I used writing poetry to make sense of my busy mind, the more it helped me to find a silver lining in even the darkest emotions, experiences, observations and topics; find positivity even in the face of extreme negativity; find strength when I was being forced to feel weak; and find hope that my tomorrows would be brighter. I began publishing my writing in 2018 and currently have two books available Worldwide, including my most recent release "Confront The Shadows". I have bared my soul in each and every one of my poems, and I'm confident that you'll get just as much from reading them and relating them, as I did from writing them. Please feel free to look around my site and read the free poems I've shared here, after which, why not grab a book of mine, drop by Instagram, connect with me and say hello!

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