Instead of a Farewell

To meet and say farewell
to this part of me
that turns and returns
with a different partner
in a square dance,
meeting before I begin to see,
seeing after I have done
with meeting,
squaring at last in a glimpse
the ancient circle of you and me:

how can I say farewell
when farewells are made
only for people who stay
and only for people
who go away?

-A.K. Ramanujan

Submitted by:
Sriram Vittalamurthy.

Ramanujam is a favourite – you may have come across him previously here, here, and here.
You can read more about him here, here, and here.

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  1. By Looking For Your Light – Fiat Camena on August 11, 2012 at 16:17

    […] and reminds me of Dickinson and Rilke. You can read other poems by Ramanujam on this site here; Instead of a Farewell, Self Portrait, and Extended Family. You can read a poem from Tamil translated by him that […]

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  1. Think I’ll try reading more poetry after reading this. Thank you!

    But I have ta tell you, I still can’t unnerstan’ most of the pomes my fb friends post on my wall. I hit ‘like’ politely, so as not offend ’em.

    Posted June 19, 2012 at 17:18 | Permalink | Reply

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