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The story of you and I

SAYING GOODBYE

Can it be, that you and I
Are ready now, to say goodbye?
And can the dreams we shared as one
Finally be over with, and done?

Can something wane that was so fine
As the deep love, like yours and mine?
The love we shared that was our song,
Just faded away until ‘twas gone.

I find it hard to believe it’s so,
That love like ours would cease to grow.
I saw our love growing deeper with time,
But your thoughts on love, were not as mine.

For you knew it wasn’t ever true
That you loved me, as I loved you.
And you knew you’d be untrue someday,
When love for me had faded away.

When love’s flame, that burned for me,
Flickered, then dimmed, and ceased to be,
You looked around for someone new
To kindle the fires of passion in you.

‘Twas then the story of You and I,
Came to an end – was allowed to die.
I should have known, from things you said,
That feelings for me had long been dead.

The signs were there, but I could not see,
For faith and trust had blinded me.
Abiding love made me believe
That you, like I, could not deceive.

Now there’s nothing, as our destiny nears . . .
No love to grow deeper, in autumnal years.
And it’s too late to start my life anew,
For the scope of my love, knew only you.

9/17/73 Phyllis DeWitt-VanVleck

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    WHEN IT WAS OVER 

 

When it was over, he came home.

Not marching proudly to cheers.

Not saluting the flag he served

nor waving from an open car.

He came home in a box

draped in the colors of his country,

and his family wept.

 

Twenty years is but a sip

of life’s sweet nectar . . .

There will never be a wife to hold,

a son to dog his footsteps,

or daughter to ply her wiles on Daddy.

 

His Mother hadn’t seen him

for two years, and at the services

she wanted to kiss him goodbye,

but knew she could not raise the lid

of his military coffin

sealed thousands of miles from home.

Instead, she asked, “Did they wash his face?”

“Did they place a pillow beneath his head?”

 

During her final illness

I overheard her speaking softly

to her beloved son.

She passed away, content

in what he had told her,

a smile on her face

as she joined him.

 

 

2/18/93        Phyllis DeWitt VanVleck

 

5’th … NFSPS – 2000

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