Good-byes aren't easy
when you know
there's no turning back.

'Au revoir,' we say
as blinds drop
and the door closes
with a decisive click.

The clock ticks
its steady way
to midnight, bells ringing
out in sad farewell.

2019's had its moments
to be sure, love
laughter, the odd tear -
we're sorry to see you go.

You've left us, older
day by day, not knowing
what's next. We hear
the swish of your coat

as you wrap it tight
round bony shoulders.
'So long,' we say
as you disappear forever,

'Glad you stopped by.'