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By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 29, 2011


By Helen S. Hughes

How loath I was to say goodbye
To those I loved, until I knew
The word goodbye came from a term
Used long ago, God be with you.

And now to you I say goodbye;
I wish you joy, good fortune, too;
Until again we meet, you will
Not be alone – God goes with you.




  1. I hope there is not a subtle secondary message in this post…..

    Comment by Tom O. — November 29, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

  2. Nope. You’re stuck with me, Tom, for a long time to go. There are, for instance, exactly precisely to-the-dot 900 posts in the draft queue this afternoon:

    All (3,097) |
    Published (2,194) |
    Scheduled (3) |
    Drafts (900)

    I can be dead for two years before anybody notices. And nobody will know it but you and me, because nobody else will click through to comments on a poem!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 29, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  3. Wow, the title of the post gave me a scare, and I’m mostly a lurker!

    Comment by DCL — November 29, 2011 @ 5:39 pm

  4. :)

    Honest, that never occurred to me when I chose this poem!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 29, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

  5. Funny! Didn’t you have one recently named “Apology”? : )

    By the way, what a nice collection this is! These poems may not be as memorable as some of the great world classics, but they’re certainly very well done, and worth remembering.

    Comment by Researcher — November 29, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

  6. Yeah, I’ll have to pay more attention to titles, maybe!

    Glad you’re enjoying these. I agree that there have been few that have real staying power (I can think of a couple, though, that I think belong in Mormon anthologies). They do seem to say something about who we were and are, and I like to think of the poets, at least the mothers and homebodies among them, stretching themselves to be artistic and then finding the same pleasure we all get at finding an audience.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 29, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

  7. “I can be dead for two years before anybody notices.”

    I don’t think so. Your comments after the posts are sometimes more memorable than the post!

    Comment by mahana — November 29, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

  8. Mahana “like”

    Comment by Grant — November 30, 2011 @ 8:38 am

  9. Mahana indeed “like”

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 30, 2011 @ 9:11 am

  10. I’ve been looking at my site stats today. There was a huge bump in traffic yesterday afternoon, and the only other anomaly is the huge number (like, five times as many as poetry usually gets) of visitors to this post. I can’t account for that except for assuming that people saw the title in an aggregator and thought this was something other than what it is.

    Hmmm. I’ll have to hunt up some poems with titles like “Farewell Cruel World” or “Cash Giveaway” or “Instant Weight Loss” and see if I can replicate this …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 30, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  11. Count me in as one of those who saw the title yesterday and who immediately worried Ardis was bidding us farewell.

    Nice poem, by the way. Oh, and if “God be with you” became “Goodbye,” then “God goes with you” would be “Goodgye.” I dare someone to use it IRL. Heh.

    Comment by David Y. — November 30, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  12. Ardis, you might also want to avoid the title “Used Laptop for Sale.”

    Comment by kevinf — November 30, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  13. I like the poetry you have been posting. And just for the record, I click through the comments on a poem.

    Comment by Maurine Ward — November 30, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  14. I haven’t clicked here for awhile for some reason and also was worried when I saw the title “Goodbye.”

    Don’t leave us, Ardis!

    Comment by Merkat — December 1, 2011 @ 1:06 am

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