words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

We Say Good-Bye To Ourselves

For you and I all that is left….

Looking out to what was

we say good-bye to ourselves

before it is too late

when you ask to know why

before the last door is shut

you smell the rose

you see the forest for the trees

lost at sea

we say good-bye to ourselves

before the next day comes

when you know the answer why

the last door can’t be found

no more pie in the sky

no more man in the moon

is it really too soon

to say good-bye

18 responses

  1. I really like this! It’s like an unpacking and turning round of cliches. Love the way you’ve worked on the photo too. Wonderful post thanks.

    January 6, 2012 at 6:24 am

    • Thanks Gilly, I appreciate the commment. Things were floating around in my head as usual about the ambiguities of life, self, and relationships. All while listening to a song that very much influenced this piece. Are you familiar with Brendan Perry? He was one-half of the great band of the 80’s Dead Can Dance. Well he has a solo album out entitled “Ark” and the song “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea”. He “upacks and turns around cliches” throughout the song. I will try and get a Youtube link to you. Or if you get a chance look it up.
      Peace and Light

      January 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

  2. I’ve just listened thanks I don’t think I’ve heard of him before. He has a haunting voice and I understand how it would inspire your poem – I can imagine you sitting there wallowing in the sound! Could be a bit gloomy though! When he started singing it took me back to the 60’s, he sounds just like one the the Walker brothers – now that’s showing my age.
    Take care, G.

    January 6, 2012 at 7:13 am

    • Gilly I sent you links to 3 songs from Dead Can Dance (Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry) to you About page. Hope you enjoy them.

      January 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

  3. Nandini

    Beautiful post. Deep. πŸ™‚

    January 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    • Thanks Nandini. This post resonates deeply with me.

      January 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  4. My grandfather past away last week & this photo touched me greatly. He lived life to the fullest and had no regrets. He was ready to say goodbye.

    January 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    • Kelly I am glad this post resonated with you. The memories we have of loved ones who have gone before us often sustain our very existence. My daughter died early this year, yet she remains with me daily. I am sorry to hear of your lost.
      Peace and Light

      January 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  5. Ina

    Hi Walter, I like the way this poem has different views on the relationship in hidden meanings. I have to look up some of the meanings but no more pie in the sky I think I understand πŸ™‚ Lovely!

    January 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    • Thanks Ina. The uncertainity of our relationships is always poetic.

      January 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

  6. iltana

    Truly beautiful post!

    January 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    • Thanks iltana, your words of support mean a lot to me.

      January 7, 2012 at 7:12 pm

  7. The writing and the photo make me think of fading into a journey. Beautifully written and illustrated.

    January 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    • So nice of you to feel that way Jennifer. I was touched by the emotional content of the theme. We all look out beyond ourselves in wonder.

      January 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

  8. Hey Walter I have nominated you for the Candle lighter Award please go through the link to know more

    January 8, 2012 at 10:09 am

    • Thank you Soma, I appreciate the award and I am looking forward to displaying it on my blog proudly. Your post, in reference to the Candle Lighter Award, was very inspiring.


      January 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

  9. A beautiful poem… I love this. πŸ˜‰

    January 9, 2012 at 2:55 am

    • Thank you Liz. The poem does possess an intimate reflection of how I feel at times.

      January 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

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