How Do You Say Goodbye?

For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Romans 14:7-9


How do you say goodbye,
to the one you have looked in the eye?
Who has thrown your first ball,
watched you grow tall,
tasted your first apple pie.
How do you say goodbye,
when the tears muffled, cause but a sigh?
When you sit and count  hours and breaths 
wondering why any, at all must die.
How do you say goodbye,
to a marriage, a dad, or a man?
Who has held you together,
with the calm of his way-
reached out to hold your hand?
How do you say goodbye,
to the husband, the friend, the one?
Who stayed through the years,
through laughter and tears,
the raising of each precious son?
How do you say goodbye,
to the man who spun you around?
Whimsical swirl, magical twirl
feet never touching the ground. 
How do you say goodbye,
to a lifetime friend?
From first grade to marriage
wives, cars and 
baby carriage,
a friend from beginning to end.
How do you say goodbye
to a sister, a brother, a love?
Each passing year,
with love and with care-
tenderness snug as a glove.
How do you say goodbye,
to a leader, a father, a grand?
Dedicated, gentle, smiling,
remember now, if you can.
Hang onto the man you remember,
hang onto the man that you know, 
hang onto his memory, dear ones,
in our hearts his memory does glow.
Dedicated to the family and friends, and all who know and love Angelo Paoletta.

Clinging to this memory of my  Father In Law twirling me around the dance floor on my wedding day, leading me, smiling and so full of life.
He dances on in my memory and heart forever.

Friends, I will be taking a blogging break during this time – however your understanding, patience and prayers are appreciated. Although I may not respond consistently during this time- I do get your comments right to my phone and e-mails, I am grateful for your kind words and friendship.

God Bless you my friends. 

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is a life enthusiast who loves to juggle words, chug coffee, and journal excessively. You can find her gathering stones on the beach most mornings. She enjoys hanging out with her hubby, daughter and family pets in Narragansett, RI and shares her passion, poetry and prose @Enthusiastically, Dawn.

12 thoughts on “How Do You Say Goodbye?

  1. Oh my dear friend!!! My heart goes out to you, your husband and your daughter. What a beautiful and fitting tribute to an obviously wonderful, sweet, loving and much-loved man. May you all feel Abba's comforting presence, holding you close to His heart, in the coming days and weeks….I love you, Dawn. <3Pam

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  2. What a beautiful poem and just that one line about your father-in-law on your wedding day painted such a vivid picture of the kind of man he must have been. :)My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Please know I'll be remembering you all in prayer.

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  3. Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss!! Your tribute is beautiful, I can tell from your words that your father in law was definitely an incredible man!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!! Hugs!!

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  4. Dear Dawn,I am SO very sorry for your loss. I pray that God upholds and uplifts you during this time. Your tribute was beautiful. I look forward to your return.Sweet hugsRamonaCreate With Joyhttp://create-with-joy.com

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