Saying Goodbye

Mayor

Madeline Rogero
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Poem read at the Flenniken Landing Residents' Inaugural Art Show July 31, 2018.

By Marilyn Kallet


Saying Goodbye

Marilyn Kallet at Flenniken LandingWe embraced, there in the parking lot
of the ordinary.
How could I know your arms were arguing last things?
Your cheek in my hair.
For a moment, I pressed against you.  Goodbyes can be vast.
In a breath, we traded lives.  I didn’t know you
were a cliff I had reached the edge of.
Your touch echoed.
I simply followed it like song.


Poem is from Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, Black Widow Press, 2009.