Another chance at Goodbye

I’m still guilty for loving you
after giving you the best of me—
leaving me with just the memories.
Nowadays,
I too assume
I’ve moved on.
How I handle things
are not meant to be seen.

I send “I miss you…” messages to myself
to hear your voice.

I smile at the thought of you
knowing I kept my promise
to always remember us.

I sometimes write to the “You” I loved.
And sometimes to the “you” who left.

I haven’t moved on,
it’s more like clockwork.
And when the hesitating hands
reach for my mind’s midnight,
I struggle a little
right before reality chimes in.
Just another day and
another chance at goodbye.

Letter #8

A warm “hello” to those July eyes 😊

I decided to change-up my writing music from Classical back to my original love—pacific island music. With a few breaks writing this to belt out some lyrics, I hope the vibes spread to where you are! By the way, I am totally rocking my Hawaiian-printed socks! 🌴🌺🌴 (I didn’t realize this emoji 🤙 was “Call me.” I thought it was “Hang loose.” 🤦‍♂️ I am such a dummy bear and I am so sorry for the misunderstanding. 😂🤪🤣)


Okay, I am so excited to tell you this!

The start of Collab July for Jar of Poetry has officially began with “2” people I can’t wait to share with everyone! I am so giddy, it’s ridiculous! Both are “Response” type poems that will be shared on Sunday.

To help add to the anticipation, these writers are gifted in their own right. One happens to be a photographer and poet who’s nature-theme never ceases to amaze me. And the other…well…I don’t want to give too much away. Let’s just say it we stumbled into it by accident. 🤣 

Hopefully, you’re as excited as I am for Sunday to share these great people with you 😁.


Ever since opening the Comments Section to the Saturday Letters (thanks to the recommendation of Lia 😉😁), my heart blushes as much as my face does when I read everyone’s thoughts and responses—it takes a lot for a tan-colored island boy to blush and those who do, do it so effortlessly. I also want to add in that I’m genuinely grateful for the compliments for my ukulele playing—sorry ladies and gents, that’s the extent of my music career.


If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect anyone to join me for a collaboration—seriously. Many of us like and know our style of writing and our choices of genres/topics to write about. After working with these great people, I couldn’t be more happy to have asked for this in the first place and to see what I can learn from them. 

As promised, after the poems are published, it will be followed-up with a post about that specific writer. And let me tell you man, the things you learn from people never fails to amaze me. 

Well, here’s to your July being a great one!

I still have to finish up Saturday’s Private Selection poem for tonight (9:45 PM [EST]). Maybe afterwards, I can sneak in a nap before I start editing it.

Again, if you’d like to join me for a collaboration, just let me know.  I’d love to work with you and get to know more about the writer I follow! 

From my heart to yours,
John