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goodbye

The first gestation period was nine months
The second nineteen years

Friends of a certain age
post restrained emotions on their page
or wall. No, those aren't tears at all

All we can do is wind you up
Point you forward and set you on your way 

I haven't wiped your backside for many years 
And you don't have to wipe my tears

Because you know
it's not so hard to let you go
when you're so ready to make your move

Yours is the future, the past is mine
You've turned out absolutely fine