“Take care”
crept into our vocabulary
stealth like
a few years back.
All of a sudden, it seems
(though it wasn’t all of a sudden)
it became the words to use
for our departures.
It wasn’t there when I was young.
I doubt anyone
can trace its etiology.
There’ll come a time
when this pervasive phrase
will fade away
as did the dinosaurs.
Another one will likely take ts place.

We don’t say “good bye” much anymore.
I wonder why.

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