June 23, 2005

Farewells

Farewell! Why does that always bring a catch in my throat? Is it because I see it as an end, when in fact it is a precursor to moving on to someplace else; to new opportunities; into new relationships; in fact it is the dawn of a whole new story. Stories, that I love very much! Yet, the birth of a new one causes so much pain.

Farewell parties, farewell speeches, farewell dinners...we make such a big deal of them. However, the very word 'farewell' may never have existed if time were perceived the way it really is; as a continuum, where the past, the present, and the future have no clear boundaries; they simply merge into one. In which case, the past would not be 'just a goodbye'(CSNY), and neither would 'every new beginning..(be)another beginnings end'(Greenday)!

"Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future
And time future contained in time past"(T.S.Eliot)

So where's the need for farewells!

2 comments:

isay said...

Farewell the word is often used to see a person off; wishing him well for what is to come. So it's not necessarily an end.

Starkindler said...

'fare thee well' -- the hope of new meetings, the chance of new encounters, the wish for the other's wellbeing -- it is polite and heroic at once.

'for ever and for ever farewell, Cassius!
if we do meet again, why, we shall smile.
if not, why then this parting was well made.'