Mpho Petrus Manwedi

Rookie - 10 Points (February 03.1952 / Barkly West/South Africa)

Farewell - Poem by Mpho Petrus Manwedi

I look at you and I can see sadness on your face
I can feel the weight of the goodbye upon your shoulders
Your eyes brim with tears of farewell
And I ask myself, Why?
I turn to my God and ask, Why?
Why should people meet and cultivate the land of relationship,
And then leave before they can enjoy the fruits of their toil?
But I get no answer.

You have walked this road
Calculated the distances and set your destinations
This here place was your dream and your sweetheart
What has happened to that dream?
Has it turned into a nightmare?
Has your sweetheart turned her back on you?
I am sitting here writing this missive
And trying to answer the question, Why?
But still there is no answer.

Where you are going,
Will you there find peace you so much deserve?
Will you there find the Love of a family you are leaving behind?
There are so many questions
And one would like to know the reason, Why?
But only you have the answers
All I can do and say to you is
Fare thee well and God’s speed
May He take good care of you
For years of your health and happiness
And blessing forever after
Farewell.

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  • (8/9/2006 1:58:00 PM)


    Mpho...This is a very touching poem...it's very often hard to say goodbye...but you have managed this with grace and dignity. Top notch! ! The last few lines I think sum up the feeling of the whole poem...your wish for the best for the other person. You sound like a true friend.
    Hugs,
    Dee
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Poem Edited: Friday, August 20, 2010


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