Our free-write is back by popular demand: today, write about anything — but you must write for exactly ten minutes, no more, no less.
So this poem was inspired by the song “Goodbye” from the musical Catch Me If You Can. But beware: It’s rough.
There’s a song in my head
It’s about goodbye’s
About leaving behind an unwanted life
Starting again and making it real
Watching out for what comes next
And not looking back at once was
I keep thinking that this song is right
But maybe it’s also wrong
It’s about the stage and a made up life
How they’re never truly the same
Do we only pretend when we’re being inspired?
Does this bring out worst?
Or does the spot light bring us back
To the life we thought we had?
Maybe it really is all made up
And maybe it’s all for real
But I just don’t know how to choose
Between these lives I have
On stage you can be anyone else
Someone you’d never be
And yet you play the part so well
Maybe that’s who you truly can be
Is the make believe
Really all that bad?
Or is it something grand?
Something that’s inside your head
And waiting to be set free
Pretending to be someone else
Doesn’t mean you will lose touch
With who you are
And who you can be
It’s just something you’ve done
You’re forcing yourself to be a new
And to put on a brand new face
But what if this face is truly you
It’s just finally given space
What if we didn’t have to choose
Or have to say goodbye?
What if we can be
All we can be
And maybe we’ll turn out fine?
I don’t know what the future holds
Or if it’s already here
All I know is that this place
Has become something close and dear
The spotlights change
And the people will leave
But someone new will return
To see you in your newfound space
And clasp a shaking hand
It’s never too late to be who you are
Or be who you want to be
It’s just that the stage
Can be a great place
To be all that you can be
Aaron Tveit singing “Goodbye” from Catch Me If You Can
It’s my happy ending, now it’s time to say goodnight
We can stop pretending, tell the spotlight man turn off my life
Cause the show is done now, and it’s time to leave the stage.
The good guy won now and the band has no more songs to paly
It’s a happy ending so I’ll say
Goodbye, goodbye to all the make believe
Goodbye there’s no more magic up my sleeve
There’s nothing left to act up here, I’ll take my bow and disappear
No questions left for answering
There’s only one word left to sing, goodbye
It’s a happy ending, to the greatest show on earth
Now the curtains descending and I hope you got your moneys worth
Gonna stop the show now cause I wanna leave on top
So get up and go now. Cause there’s nothing left inside my head
Everything that’s left to say’s been said
Goodbye, goodbye to all the song and dance
Goodbye offstage I stand a better chance
The show is through, the parts been played
No standing in the wings afraid. No violins or phony tears
The word that’s music to my ears is goodbye
Well goodbye, goodbye, goodbye!
I’m not afraid of stopping, this end could be my start
I wanna live a life and not just play a part
I’ll walk into the sunset, I’ll sail across the sea
The final word, the last you’ll hear of me, or me…
Is goodbye, goodbye to every night alone
Goodbye, goodbye to lives I don’t own. I’m tired of living on the stage
A life that’s only on the page
Empty lies are in the past, I’ve tried before but here’s the last goodbye
Now goodbye, goodbye, Goodbye!