18 Goodbye Poems, Farewell Poems

A collection of goodbye poems or farewell poems to give you words to help you say goodbye. And we say farewell on different occasions, a break-up, moving, death, retirements, graduation, to name only a few. Here find verses and poetry that express sentiments for the person who is leaving.

During our lifetime we will experience many goodbyes. May these short poems express thoughts of leaving, of see you around, of farewells that lead us to say goodbye.


1. Goodbye To You 2. Saying Goodbye Poem
3. There Is No Goodbye 4. Leaving Me
5. Remember Our Love 6. An Unwanted Goodbye
7. The Right Goodbye 8. Good-bye Means Not Farewell
9. Farewell! But When Roses  

Goodbye Poems to say Farewell


  1. Dear Friend
    Poet: Grinnell Willis

    Dear friend, 'tis hard to say farewell,
    And harder yet it is to tell,
    In parting words, how strong the tie
    We sever now in this good-bye.

    We all shall miss thy gentle grace.
    Thy willing hand and cheerful face;
    No other friend thy place can fill.
    Though absent we shall claim thee still;

    God bless the work thou hast begun,
    And guard thee in the years to come.
    And when thy heart is weary, or alone.
    Come back and rest in this thy home.



  2. A Little Work
    by George Du Maurier

    A little work, a little play
    To keeps us going - and so, good-day!
    A little warmth, a little light
    Of love's bestowing - and so, good-night!
    A little fun, to match the sorrow
    Of each day's growing - and so, good-morrow!
    A little trust that when we die
    We reap our sowing! And so - good-bye!



  3. Adieu!
    Poet: John Imrie

    Reader, "Adieu!" — I will not say "farewell!"
    That word, full-fraught with sorrow as a knell,
    Breathes forth a strain of sadness to mine ear,
    And is too often mother to a tear!

    "Adieu!" speaks hopeful that we yet may meet
    And with each other hold communion sweet.
    If aught that I have said doth give thee cheer
    I've made a friend of thee — and friends are dear!
    In this stern world of ours each friend we gain
    Makes life more sweet, and helps to soothe life's pain!

    Remember, then, dear friend, before we part,
    These simple strains are from a glowing heart
    That seeks to find an echo to its voice
    In heart of thine — and, finding that, rejoice!



  4. Goodbye Forever
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    Goodbye are the words we often say
    When people leave for work for a day
    But when we say goodbye for forever
    We realize we are no longer together.

    Goodbyes can be so hard
    Sometimes leaving us scarred
    But time has a way of healing things
    Life has more hello's to bring.

    So while you may feel sad today
    Keep moving forward it will be okay
    Express your feelings and even cry
    You will feel better as time goes by.




  5. Encouraging Goodbye Poem



  6. Why Does Good
    Poet: Kate Summers

    Why does good appear
    When goodbye means I disappear
    What's the good in not seeing you
    It just means that I will be blue.

    I think goodbye should drop the good
    Just "bye" would be better understood
    So from now on the good is gone
    And only "bye" will be my song.



  7. Leaving Is Sad
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    What we had was something unique
    Similar to a special antique.
    I wish I didn't have to leave
    Life without you is hard to conceive.

    Life without you won't be the same
    But I do hearby proclaim
    I wish you luck and much happiness
    But leaving is sad, regardless.



  8. To-morrow I'm Away
    Poet: Max Ehrmann

    Come here and take my hand
    And press my lips,
    Just for today —
    To-morrow I'm away;
    With pulsing heart
    And quickened feet
    I'll tread another street;
    And in the toils
    Of duty's net
    I may sometimes forget
    You for awhile,
    And this sweet day
    In life's all stormy way;
    And oft I'll know
    The want of heart
    Again life's work to start,
    So press my lips
    Just for today —
    To-morrow I'm away.



  9. positive goodbye poem


  10. Farewell
    Poet: Sam Fickinsen

    Farewell, so long
    Means I am gone
    Today, tomorrow
    Leaving brings sorrow.

    See ya around
    The words they sound
    Like goodbye
    I say with a sigh!



  11. Saying Goodbye
    Poet: Catherine Pulsifer

    Saying goodbye is never easy
    Actually it makes me queasy
    So let's just say see ya later
    Keep in touch by email or notepaper.

    Goodbyes seem like the end
    But we will always be friends
    We may be separated by miles
    Just say keep in touch and smile!



More Inspirational Poems  to Encourage & Motivate



Many words express goodbye: farewell, cheerio, ta-ta, see you, so long, au revoir. Goodbyes are seen as a sad time, however, the memories that we have from time spent together will always be with us.

And at other times, goodbyes may not feel like it, but truly they are the best thing that could have happened to us. It allows us to move on, to find new relationships.

And technology today allows us to stay in touch so perhaps it is not a permanent goodbye, but a talk later goodbye. Technology not only allows us to talk but also to see the person. So while you may say goodbye, you can always keep in touch.



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