Poem: Song of Departures

We all must have our song of departures

for when the long shadow down the road we’re on
coming from in front of us

catches up with us

and covers us like an amorous lover
from head to toe with sultry kisses

then we know we’re going where
all caps are worn backwards

and every window looks in rather than out
at the world

Pools reflect more than sky with clouds overhead
they also show our watery roots
and the purification of our desires for
One Beloved alone out of Whom

all others fan and into Whom all collapse back again
singing to us their own song of departures as they

slide into His Single Sovereignty after all

There’s a tree here
that would also like to beckon us goodbye

and it has rainbows around each leaf
and faces in the shadows of everyone we’ve

ever known but as it’s the tree of life it has for
each of us only faces each one of us

has truly known yet they’re all the same Face
and sing their own song of departure among the
leaves as they fall or as they blossom
each spin of the cycle we’re in

slowly saying goodbye to it all

so slowly at first we’re not saying goodbye
at all but hello and every

conversation in between

but each is a departure

and each is a song

(from In the Realm of Neither, in preparation)

About danielabdalhayymoore

Poet, artist, collagist, publisher, hoping to save a little bit of the world through ecstatic utterance... ordered in balanced lines and unpremeditated images...
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4 Responses to Poem: Song of Departures

  1. I had a friend pass this week, so when I first read this poem, my thoughts were on death, life reflection and crossing over.

    All morning I pondered and pondered on this poem, until I realized that I had come to a place where the windows looked in, and I hadn’t even realized that I had left.


  2. Deborah, thank you for your so sensitive response. It illuminated the poem for me too (the one who writes these poems is the “night” one, I’m his “day ” rep.) And may He bless your friend’s passage and assuage those left behind. For us it’s all a “die before you die” affair…


  3. Thomas Steele says:

    Assalaamu alaikum Sidi,

    I am rarely”online”
    anymore but happened to visit your blog this morning. “Song of Departures” reflects alot of what life has been like lately, arrivals and departures. So much letting go and so much more to let go of, and yet not forgetting to warmly welcome.

    9/18 is my birthday.

    Thank you Sidi.



  4. Patrick says:

    I like this one, alot,Daniel.The window image is particularly lovely


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