14 HARD TO LET GO

MELANCHOLIC, YES

NOSTALGIC, YES

BUT ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, I’VE HAD HAPPY AND SAD MEMORIES OF YOU TO BE CHERISHED AND TO FOREGO ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

AN EDIFICE OF HURT, LONELINESS, GUT-WRENCHING PROBLEMS

BUT A CITADEL OF CAMARADERIE, SHARING, HUMANITY, COMPANIONSHIP, JOY, RESPECT, AND OF COURSE, LOVE.

A HAVEN FOR EVERY ONE, A REFUGE FOR SO MANY, A LOVE NEST TO SOME,

A FALL-BACK FOR ME.

BUILT, NURTURED BY THE GREAT DAME ( AND WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT SHE STILL ROAMS ITS NOOKS AND CRANNIES )

NOT TO BE OUTDONE THE HEIRESS-TO-THE-THRONE PURSUED AND TOOK THE CUDGELS FROM HER

FOR WHAT YOU ARE NOW, COMPLIMENTS TO THESE TWO NO-NONSENSE PERSONA.

YEARS PASSED, PEOPLE COME AND GO

THINGS MATERIALIZED, THINGS LOST

PETS LIVED AND PERISHED

PLANTS DIED, REROOTED, DIED AGAIN

YOU STOOD ALL THESE, STRONG AND UNYIELDING

PROVING TO ALL AND SUNDRY – A FORCE TO RECKON WITH.

AM I SAYING GOODBYE? THAT EASY? I WISH NOT

AN OCCUPANT OF A SOLITARY CELL

BEFITTING A QUEEN AND A TRAMP

CAN I AFFORD TO SAY GOODBYE?

A PACT WITH THE HEIRESS-TO-THE-THRONE –

NO TO LETTING GO.

YOU WERE THERE FOR ME, AND STILL IS

WELCOMED ME WITH YOUR CRACKS AND MILDEW

WITH YOUR COBWEBS AND DUST

WITH YOUR AGING BOARDS AND WALLS

BUT STILL THERE FOR ME.

THE STRONG FEELING OF ONENESS

THE URGE TO SING AND DANCE

OUR PERFECT HARMONY

NO, NOT A FAT CHANCE, BIG GUY

I’M NOT SAYING GOODBYE, WE ARE NOT SAYING GOODBYE

I AM SAYING HI AND HELLO, NOW, TOMORROW AND THE YEARS TO FOLLOW.

THAT I OWE YOU

YOU’LL BE SEEING ME, US, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR DON’T

AU REVOIR. .

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