Fare Thee Well

thank you my almost and farewell

let loving words unsaid remain

in place of lost goodbyes withheld

for unsung verses bittersweet

in songs of memory shall obtain

a timely voice without conceit

untuned yet echoes harmonies

lyrics unheard yet ever felt

our song unsilenced fare thee well

tbt

Additional note: I’ve attached below a 2nd version of the poem that feels more “itself,” when stripped of some personal preferences and rhetorical effects. I’m aware that the second version flows much better, but am still peculiarly fond of the original version as well. Shoutout to Jimmy from Jimbo Times for his thoughts, which urged me to rethink and rewrite this poem from another perspective.

Song Unsilenced

let loving words unsaid remain

in place of lost goodbyes withheld

for unsung verses bittersweet

in songs of memory shall obtain

a timely voice without conceit

untuned yet echoes harmonies

lyrics unheard yet ever felt

our song unsilenced to bid farewell

tbt

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