You never say So long/ or Au revoir, only Next time will be sweeter.
RETURN MAIL (AFTER LETTER TO LOVE)
Fancy hearing from you after some time.
I have gone back to that wayside inn more
times that I would care to remember:
and, like you, I would wonder how a day
would be like without you calling out before
you leave: A la prochaine! And sweeter!
Never goodbye. Never Au revoir. Nunca.
But next time, it will be the tryst of trysts.
We will quaff our wine from overflowing cups,
we will laugh at reflections of our faces
in the ponds we throw wishing pebbles in;
we will wish for the hours to last longer,
for the glances to linger. We will stay longer.
We will wish we had met when there was
still time, and we were much younger,
and braver, and mad with a world that did
not need to have memories of a wayside inn.
—Albert B. Casuga