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16 October 2014
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Suzanne Maxwell

My name is Suzanne and I have had a passion for words, and putting them together, for as long as I can remember. I was born in Belfast but moved to Carrickfergus when I was seven, and I am still living here, although I have since 'built' my own Innisfree.

I work full-time as a primary school teacher in a school for children with special educational needs, and it is both exhausting and fun!

My poetry very much reflects my mood and mirrors my experiences. I have submitted a few poems before for inclusion in anthologies and recently won a poetry competition that a friend suggested I enter. Please be gentle with the honesty I express yet honest about what you read. Thank you.

The Parting by Suzanne Maxwell


Please don’t say “Goodbye”,
For how can it be good when it hurts?
When the tears prick my eyes
And my heart is aching,
When my mouth is full of words
I long to say
But can’t.
Please don’t say “Goodbye”.

Please don’t say “Farewell”.
Can I fare well without you?
Without your laughter,
Your gentleness, your strength,
Your friendship, your smile,
Please don’t say “Farewell”.

I can’t move on while looking back,
And yet I cannot stay.
Home is where the heart is,
But where is mine?
I leave a piece with you,
And replace it with your memory.
I’ll hold it close,

Just because the day has ended,
And the sun has gone,
Does not mean that the night
Cannot be beautiful too,
For I know the sun will rise again.

So say “Sleep well”,
And I’ll see you in my dreams,
Until I wake again
And you’ll be there,
Once more.


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