They say that sorry is the hardest word . But I beg to differ . I can say sorry , over and over … Sorry for doubting you . Sorry that I failed to live up to your expectations . Sorry this … sorry that . Sorry ……. that you had to find out the truth in such a cruel manner . I think that the hardest word is goodbye . Farewell . Ciao . Auf Wiedersehen . Adieu . It doesn't matter what language you use (there's a choice of four , remember …) . It doesn't matter who you are . If you've ever had to say goodbye , you'll know the gut-wrenching feeling . Goodbye should be banned from the vocabulary . It is too harsh . Rather walk away , pretend that the departure is for a little while only , a temporary condition , hiatus . So you say , see you later !
And as the vessel moves away , floating little by little , on course to who-knows-where , it is buffeted by a light wind which lifts the edges of the diaphonous organza fabric , ruffles it gentle and playful , in stark contrast to the forlorn figure silhouetted against a dusky sky . The vessel moves and the distance increases . The gut-wrenching is all-consuming . But you should know the feeling by now . It's not new . This scenario has played itself out , many times … So why the sense of loss , betrayal ? Because this time it's different .
And as the vessel grows smaller and smaller , becomes a mere dot on the horizon and disappears , like the blip on a radar screen ; the day draws to a close , and it's the closing of another chapter of the novel that is your nomadic existence . But it's the final chapter of this epic novel . As the co-author , I should know . And I don't believe in sequels …..
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