Evolving Emotions: Goodbye

So quickly it began

With nervous laughter

Sweaty palms

Hearts racing wildly

The unknown ahead


So slowly it passed

Difficult days

Difficult nights

Tears and sweat and pain

Awaiting the day


Of the end

The last day of the start

Of more difficult days

Difficult nights ahead

But some good ones too


Much bitter sweetness lingers

In every goodbye

With a wave

Say goodbye to

All of the lessons learned

People met


And things yet to become


We must cherish all endings

However bitter

Or deliciously sweet

For they are final, of course

And now,

Onto something new



Erin Knape is a University of Michigan junior majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing. Her greatest passion has always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, or photography. Capturing Campus, a weekly installment of poetry and photography, aims to capture campus life through artistic expression. Dive into Capturing Campus every Sunday!

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