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I wrote this when I was in a deep depression about all of my friends leaving off to college the next year. It was my own way of describing my feelings to myself, and my own way of telling myself that my time will come.

Leaving

Open your arms to change, but please don’t lose yourself
You are what makes you who you are in sickness and in health
A friendly atmosphere has made you who you are to be
Your character is in charge and will control your destiny

You’ll go someplace you’ve never gone, you’ll make your mark again,
You will reset your standards, and sure will make new friends
As soon as today is yesterday your heart will always give
I hope you won’t regret today, cause your future longs to live

If our paths don’t cross again, I won’t forget this day
Cause I’m afraid of change, I’m scared to shift my ways
My eyes will see things they’ve never seen, but I’ve always been here
The time that counts your moments gone will teach me not to fear.

You’ll look upon your life and see familiar grounds
You’ll hear the call of memories and recognize the sound
All the lives you change will make stars disappear
And as you’re settled down, you’ll realize you’ve never left here.
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111 Visitor Comments

Faye
I really admired your poem, and we all go through having to leave people behind or seeing someone walk away from us. Everyone hates it. I think this really sums it up. I am very into poetry and writing. And i would definitely read more of your writing. Thank you for inspiring me :D
Satya
This poem was beautiful and inspirational.
paula
i lOve this pOem because my best mate stefano is leaving to italy and i use to realy like him but now ita just a frindship a strong one and ill never forget him. lOve paula. =]
Manda
That's exactly how i;m feeling right now.
latu
this poem is a touching. even though i havn't lost my friends,i know that one day i won't have those friends no more. that is why i'm making use of time with my friends in school while i can before i finish school and never see them ever agian.
Danielle
umm i realli love this poem becuse well i just found out that one of ma best friends is leaving and will neva see him agin and i think i realli like him and he knows it and we went out and all but umm ur poem made me cry sooo hard jst thinking coz its soooo ture thnx xxoo
amelia
this is a very good poem please make more it was great please try and send me some on my email thatnk you from amelia bubi x
dana
nice
av
thanks it is my situation that im in now and it helps me realies what is realy going on around me. thanks to whoever wrote this
Hayley
We just left school yesterday and I found this poem online it really oved me when I was trying to find something to read out and I know it will have moved others too. Thank you.
Amelia
This poem rely touched me my friend is moving to Australier in 5 weeks and i just felt so like this poem.
Katrina
I like it, it explains how even though your friend is gone in person because their going to a different school than you, all you have to do is just remember the good times that you two had together.
maitha
hey thats the frist time to loge inthe sit and i realy started to like it from the poems thank
Connie
wonderful, true, and honest. my friend hannah is leaving at the end of the easter term, and i am going to dearly miss her. this poem describes the feelings of how every person leaving or the person witnessing someone leaving must feel. x 10/10 !
pooja
i like because its about leaving friend. leaving a friend is just like going to hell or loosing a precious thing which cannot be gained again
rebecca
i like this poem
Nina
"amazing poem I've ever heard"
Carly
This poem means a lot to me, because one of my best friends is going to a new school, and is leaving so much behind her. We had to write a note, and I hope it was okay, but this one touched me so much that I just had to write it to her. Thank you so much for creating this poem, I think my friend will like it just as much as I do!
Bobby
I am moving from the high school I have been at for 3 years. This will help me get through the experience. Thank You.
Jessica
Beautiful, touching and excellent.
krissie
this poem touched me because in 2 days my friend is moving to alabama and im in 6 th grade and weve only known each other for 2 years but shes really special to me next year we'll be moving to junior high and i wish she could be there wel thats what i wanted to say thank you bye
Katie
WOW! That Poem was amazing. Alot of my friends are moving away and it was so cool to read this poem cause it explained just how I felt
Danielle
my friend is leaving school at the end of this year and i'm going to miss him a lot. this poem made me realise that he will always be missed and will never truly leave us. thank you. xxx
carrie
I was just looking for a poem for my class to give to all the seniors that are leaving me this year. I began to think that it was impossible for me to find a poem telling them how I feel but this poem explains it exactly like I would have. Thank You.
RIANNE
I REALLY LOVED THIS POEM THE REASON IS MY BEST FRIEND ASHLEY IS MOVING TO NORTH CAROLINA IN JUNE SO I TRYING TO SPEND TIME WITH HER NOW SO WHEN SHE LEAVES SHE WILL REMEMBER HAPPY TIMES WITH ME ALSO I KNOW SHE WILL FEEL THAT PLUS THAT POEM IS TRUE.
ashley
this was a wonderful poem . can you please make more poems .
Anish
Good. Excellent. I really love it.
connie
this poem touched me because my friends are all getting ready to leave for college and i hope that i see them but there is always the chance i dont ever see them that hurts but i wont ever forget them and i only hope they dont forget me
rachael
i can so relate to this poem its well good
jacquelynn
i like this poem because is just perfect for my best friend who will be leaving soon. i hope this poem touch her heart too.
Nicole
I LOVED UR POEM MPST TEENS HAVE TO MOVE AWAY FOR COLLEGE AND MAYBE FOR FAMILY REASONS. I FEEL THE SAME WAY! whatever, Nicole
Eileen
Beyond excellence
Sophie
it was really touching and really deep! It was just very appropriate to the thought of leaving!
Rick
This poem is the voice of millions of kids worldwide who are going off to school and leaving their very best friends behind. Mr. Elliot has taken what we all wanted to say to our friends but couldnt find the words and made it perfect.
Jo
i love your poem so much. i think it is one of the most beautiful and touching poems i have ever read and i feel it is a very true and seems though i lost a friend it truly touched my inside.
jess
i can totally relate to this poem cause i just graduated from a high school in jersey and now im going all the way to arizona in 9 days!:( i'm really gunna miss my friends and i'm scared of change as well. this poem is so realistic i love it.
Kari
This poem reminds people of the friends that they have close to them that might not be living near to them any more. It brings back memories that you might have tried to hide, and they come back and put a smile on your face.
chloe
as i read dis it brough tears to mi eyes as i just lost the closest thing i ever had mi best m8 she got moved away n its propa sad so im taking dis poem lol
Samantha
My friend is moving away and this is exactly how I feel.
Mareth
I am about to leave 6th form and all of my friends are all going off in different directions. this poem made me realise that no matter how much i try and push that thought out of my mind it is going to happen and there is no thing that i can do to stop it. the peom just made my eyes well up at the thought that we would all go our separate ways. I only hope they don't forget me as i won't forget them. the poem is great. thank you
alex
it brought me to tears. thanks.
Natasha
My friend is leaving and this poem helped me under stand.
rose
this is beautiful. and almost make me cry,,,, my daugther call me from her room, she was in tears. i ask her what happend (she scared me) I thought someone has died,,, and it was her friend. he is leaving to NJ I thought this poem is perfect to leave it by her door tonight, thank you! Robert.
Lishie
I really enjoyed your poem! i'm leaving my home town and feel the same way about leaving my friends behind as you did when your mate left. keep up the good work!
beatrice
it was very good it made me cry since ive lost my best friends
lil
my best friend is leaving and i havn't stopped crying we've been together since reception!
megan
Hey! I Love your poem. I live in Indiana and my boyfriend of 8 months just moved to Hawaii for family problems. This poem is osem and so true in my situation!
Molly
I am actually leaving for school in less than two months and im already getting nervous. Reading this poem helped relax me and realize Home is where the heart is. Thanks
CéLynn
Awesome poem! Im sure soo many of us can relate to it. Last year of high school for the most of us, leaving all our friends behind isnt the easiest thing to do and this poem descrisbes the emotions we are all going threw its very touching and you did a great job, Ur awesome! keep it up
jaimie
your poem is great! one of my best friends is moving to oregon from here in Pa so i'm really gonna miss her. i'm definetly giving her a copy of this poem.
jimmie
awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. i really love this poem. im moving from japan 2 massachushitz. anywayz. Bye
Smarty
I am leaving my form that I have known for 3 yrs and this poem touched everyone of us when we read it. Thank you for realiseing what we were feeling in our hearts
Sara
I found this poem to be amazing! I'm going to use it in my graduation speech. don't worry-I'll site the author LOL!
Lisa
this poem is perfect for the situation me and my best friend are going through. Because I am moving and we were neighbors for 5 years. On a scale from 1-10, I'd give this poem a 10!
Carol
This poem is amazing, which is an understatment. It makes me realize that friends are forever but circumstances are ever changing.
Kara
i'm getting ready to graduate in a few months and this poem really caught my heart.
Melanie
I really love this poem because i just moved from wisconsin to nevada. it was a really big change for me it was really hard i cried everyday for like a month and your poem really touched me. THANX!
C
I am leaving the school that i have been at for 2 years and i will be leaving a lot of wonderful friends behind and this poem relates to me so much! Thank you!
Gwenda
what an excellent poem. it touched me so much i even had to cry! I hope to read more of your poems!
Emma
his is such a true poem it is soo coll i am copying it and forwarding to all my friends
andrea
your poems abot friendship are lovely!1
Amanda
Wow! That's an awesome poem it's so emotional and filled with lot's of truth. I was looking for a poem to describe the way I was feeling about my friend leaving me to go on with her life and this just hits the spot perfectly. You have an awesome talent so continue to write!
kimberly
High school was a very good experience for me. I met new people who i care deeply about when i graduated this year my bestfriend moved to Texas and i probably will never see her again. Your poem was beautiful and expressed exactly what i felt. thank you .
Kaie
This poem is just what I was looking for! It tells her exactly what I wanted to say, and hopefully it will make her cry! It made me cry!
sarah
this poem is excellent, one of my best friends just left yesterday, and it was so hard to say goodbye! we've only known eachother for a year, but she's like my sister and i'm really going to miss her.
Sully
Omg! I loove this poem! It relates to me soo much . the poem is awsome! THE POET IS AWSOME!
sNoW wHiTe
hey i read this poem just now and i thought about my best friend lyn-Z who is moving on saturday (april 11th) and it brought a tear to my eye and i really dont want her to leave, we been friends since we were in pampers and its gonna be hard not seeing her everyday. :( but thanx 4 writing this poem it helped me out somewhat
Michell
I thought that your poem was great. I really liked it. I'm feeling the same way because my best friend is getting ready to go off to college.
Michelle
I loved this poem. I am going though the same thing. My best friend is getting ready to go to college. I know I will miss her and I hope that we can keep in touch. Your poem was the bomb.
heidi
it is really tuching
janeth
I think this poem has truth in it, I travel alot because of my dad, at first it was painful to travel that mucha, but all the friends and people I met made me understand that I wasn't going away, I was leaving part of me there
BlaQ
hey ur poem was really great! and i know exactly how it is! i have moved at the end of each school year since i left 7th grade and now i am going to the 10th. and my bestfriend moved away in 6th grade so i know it isnt easy being on either side of the equation. keep the poetry comin!
Kylie
that was a great poem! one of my really close friends is moving away and I really like the poem! Keep writing!
Kell
I absolutely love this poem. It is a complete description of what I would want to say, but I wouldn't know where to start in wording it so well. I want to read this poem at my graduation this year.
Nikol
I really liked your poem. Keep up the good poems you are writing. Good luck.
Vicky
this poem really touched me, i just met a girl half way through the year in my spanish class, and we have grown soo close, she is a senior im a sophomore, it is gonna be tuff to say goodbye!
briana
you write really great poems
Bridget
This is the best poem! I've made two good friens whom i consider sisters. they're both going off to college this year. (one for the first time, the other for a graduate's degree). this totally describes this! *tear*
Lin
this poem really decribed how i felt since ny friend is moving to germany. i read it to her in the phone and we both started crying! awesome is all i can say.
dominique
that was a very sweet poem. i can relate to that poem a lot. one of my best friends named monica is about to move out of town. i sent the poem to her. i just dont want her to change on me or forget me.
kim
i totally loved this poem! a lot of my friends are going off to college in june, and some i feel i'll never get to see again. it'll especially change my choir of which they've had a tremendous impact on.i'm gonna miss them. thanks for writing an awesome poem robert. i especially appreciate it.
Alfred
this poem really makes me sad... and yet happy for my best friend and closest cousins who will be off to college next year... I wish them the best and to not forget the "litte people" they left behind... I hope they stay true to who they are and one day I'll join 'em
Marie-Josee
I really feel strong about this poem for my best friend is leaving to college and this really explains it all ans is every thing that I want to tell her. Thank you..
Melissa
This poem was really beautiful. I think that most people can relate to what you wrote, but at the same time your poem seemed very personal. Thanks for sharing.
Johannes
Great
Shanicefire
Your poem is a great insparition to everyone. Thank You for sharing.
melissa
i really like this poem. it reminds you of how important friendship is. and when they're about to leave you, you show them how much you care.
Fleurtje
This is my last year in highschool and next year we'll all go different ways. This poem expresses my feelings perfectly
Lea
I love this poem. I am in the same situation right now as you were when you wrote this. All of my friends are on their way to college. I feel as if I am being left behind. I know that they will never forget me but this poem gave me some reassurance. Thank you for writing such a beautiful poem!
beth
This poem was realy good. IT is exactly how i feel. I have many close friends that are leaving this year and i am only a freshman. When i read this poem it brought tears to my eyes.
Jana
This poem was very good. It really mad me think about alot of stuff and it really touched my heart
Lynda
This poem totally applies to me right now! I just lost the bestest friend i could ever have and i miss her so much..i didn't even get the chance to tell her how much i loved her, she ment the world to me, but now she has moved on.So caitlin if you ever read this poem just know that i dedicated it to you, my best friend!
Tyren
I gave this poem to a good friend of mine. And she really loved it. I truly miss her.
Anna
this poem was great!
Melissa
This is a very touching poem. My best friend just moved today and it reminded me of her and brought tears to my eye
Kay
I sent this poem to my best friend when she moved away.
Gina
I think this is the raddest poem! It really makes me feel better, cuz i almost kept moving from place to place, and missed all my friends, but know yeh i feel totally different. God bless the person who wrote. You have a beautiful talent Robert!
Harsh
This poem touched my heart very deeply. Robert I must say, you have done a very good job of describing one's true feelings towards the end of the senior year in High School. Keep up the good work...And keep on touching us with your true and beautiful poems.
brittany
i felt that this poem was excellent!!! I think it says what a lot of people feel about leaving for college and leaving their friends and everything that they have ever known!! Great job!!
Teardrop
I luv this poem so much
Tiffany
Wow i loved this poem it really hit home and it made me think about how things are today. a lot of people are afraid of change and this poem made it so that u can accept it without denying who u are. i give this a 10 out of 10!
Lindz
this is such a great poem! my best friend is leaving and it is perfect to give to him!!
christina
this is really true the sme thing is going on righ tnoe i love this poem it made me cry :)
nicole
i love the poem. my bestfriend just moved to utah and it reminded me of her. it was very moving!
Brandy
Very deep and soul touching
lexa
that was really good. i guess it describes very well how i am feeling also
karen
I loved this poem.It really describes how it feels when you or people you know are leaving.As long as you have them in your heart they will always be with you.
Melissa
I think this is a really good touching poem. I have a close friend that is going off to college at the end of this year at school.And this poem brought a tear to my eye.It's a really good poem.
Jeanne
This was a great poem!
Samantha
Well Robert, I loved the poem. It's exactly what I've been depressed for, for sooo long. I've started year 12 and so highschool's almost finished and so is seeing my friends by my side. I know I'm not the only one feeling like this so I can connect to others. Thanks for the first poem which explains exactly how we feel
regina
That poem was great.it even made me cry.it reminded me so much of a friend of mine and you deserve an award for it.

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