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A Midwestern Goodbye

A poem

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February 11, 2021
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They laugh about the
Midwestern goodbye –
the farewell at the couch
and the foyer
and the door
where we stand around and talk
until we have to say
goodbye
again.

You came for Thanksgiving
and stood by my couch
asking –
have we met before?
which was one of our first
goodbye’s.
You don’t know my name
or your sons’
or your sister’s
but some nights you play a
mean game of dominos
around the card table
with the ones who make you feel safe.

We will talk in the foyer
for as long as we can.

We will say
goodbye
and then keep on
keeping company. 

Mary Renee Jackson
Mary is a freelance writer with a BA in Professional Writing, but Creative Writing has always had her heart. She lives in rural Ohio with her husband and her baby boy, affectionately known as Little Man. She has bylines at The Joyful Life and Women Encouraged. You can read her words on belief and becoming at www.stilltraveling.net or over on Instagram.

Cover image by Gerson Repreza

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