Do Not Say Goodbye - Poem by RIC BASTASA

i have not met you
and then you tell me that you are suffering.
you keep it a secret to your family and then
you cannot help it but tell them, the pain must be known

someone still does not know who you really are
and we keep that secret and i shall not reveal it
it is my respect to you and your pain
i have offered some prayers, and then perhaps i shall offer flowers

i have not seen you in pain
i have always imagined you smiling and taking time with the flowers in the

how many years? it was not that long
to really forget and simply dismiss what we shared as
nothing but
a brief encounter and
without any significance at all

i have not lost you because i will
not lose you
we decide what we forget
and remember.

do not say goodbye, there is no such thing
between friends.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, December 11, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 12, 2011

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