"Saying Goodbye" is the second song of Tom Cipullo's song cycle How to Get Heat Without Fire, which sets the poetry of Marilyn Kallet.
by Marilyn Kallet
We embraced, there in the parking lot
of the ordinary.
How could I know your arms were arguing last things?
Your cheek in my hair.
For a moment I pressed against you. Goodbyes can be vast.
In a breath, we traded lives. I didn't know
you were a cliff I had reached the edge of.
Your touch echoed.
I simply followed it like song.