My grandfather doesn't say goodbye
He says it is for when you die
And we aren't dead yet.
He won't use it when we leave
So we use 'see you laters' or 'good nights'.
I understand why he doesn't use it.
There are so many emotions tied into the word,
So many thoughts that are folded into it,
Countless feelings spill out when you utter it
You only use it when you run out of other words
You know when the time comes to use it
You know when it is the only thing left to say
You only say goodbye when you mean it
You only say it to someone you care about
Someone who cares about you
Someone who knows you better than most
Someone who knows all your secrets
Someone who makes you feel something
Something that can only be described as love.
Someone who will soon be gone.