The Shape of Goodbye

Instead of saying “goodbye”, we say “I’ll see you soon”.

A holiday with my friend from the Philippines, CJ. He visited Vietnam for five days. Here we are sitting outside Le Place Restaurant, a few meters away from St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi.

Too many to mention

I am now 37 years old. Just like most adults still living, I have said countless goodbyes to people, places, and beliefs many times over.

The road to safety

The heaviest goodbyes are gut-wrenching. Our brain’s natural inclination to protect us finds substitutes.

Every goodbye has a backstory

It’s the word we try hard not to say, one that we hope we never have to say.



I tell stories and write poems.

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