Sunday, June 2, 2013

Two Words

Good bye from godbwye (1570s), itself a contraction of God be with ye (late 14c.), influenced by good day, good evening

If it doesn't fit
Or causes me strife
Shortens my life
Those two words
Come easily
But to those I
Love and hold dear
I'm loathe to either
Say or hear
Those two words

Thought I might get inspired by the etymology, (love that stuff) but didn't happen...amazing how much emotion is in those two words! And then there's  kids saying goodbye to classes :-) Whooo Hooo!  Written for the prompt of "Goodbye" at Poetry Jam and shared with Poetry Pantry at Poets United poetry 


  1. i hear you...there are def somethings...and some people....we have to say goodbye to in order to really live our life....but when they matter, its hard to say for sure...smiles

    hope you have a great start to the week

  2. very very nice, sara. Glad to "meet" you.

  3. Sara, it is interesting to see that "goodbye" comes from....... (Can't write that spelling, as my spell check keeps auto correcting. Sigh.) I like your theory....if something causes you strife, say the word; but not with those you love!!

    Thanks for taking part in both Poetry Pantry AND Poetry Jam!!

  4. Amazing it's God be with you! And yes, it can be good at the end of school. We get out this Friday? What about y'all?

  5. Very interesting origin of goodbye...You are right... two words we do not want to hear from our loved ones.

  6. Love what you did with the prompt ... have a great week!!

  7. Interesting where goodbye comes from. any strife or shortens ones life always good time to say goodbye! We say goodbye to school next week. Hello summer!

  8. there are good byes that come easy over the lips and others that rip the heart out of your chest - sometimes there's no choice though...tough and felt

  9. Goodbye is a difficult word to loved ones. Really lovely words and heart felt poem.

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Your words are wonderful! Thanks for popping in--I'll be over in a snap!