Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Farewell Letter by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

If for a while God forgot that I’m a puppet and gave me a piece of life, probably I wouldn’t say everything that I think, but definitivelly I would think everything that I say. I would give more value to things not because of what they cost but because of what they mean.
I would sleep less and dream more. I understand that for each minute that we close our eyes, we lose sixty seconds of light. I would walk when the others stopped, I would wake up when the others slept, I would listen when the others spoke, and how much I would enjoy a chocolate ice-cream!
If God gave me a piece of life I would dress simply, I would lie on the sun, “showing” not only my body but my soul. My God, if I had a heart, I would write my hate on the ice and I would wait for the sun to rise.
My God, if I had a piece of life... I won't let a single day pass without saying people I love how much I love them. I would convince every single women and men that they are my favourites and I would live in love with love
I would prove people how wrong they are to think that they stop falling in love when they get older, without knowing that they get older when they stop falling in love! To a kid... I would give him wings, but I let him alone to learn how to fly. To the elder I would teach them that death does not arrive with being old but with forgetting.
There are so many things I have learned from you, people... I have learned that everybody wants to live in the pick of the mountain without knowing that the true happiness lays in the way “you get into it”. I have learned that when a new born grasp his father’s fist for the first time, he caught him forever.
I have learned that a man has only the right to look down to another when he has to help him to stand up. There are so many things I have been able to learn from you, but actually they won’t be that worth, because when they keep me into this suitcase, unhappily I will be dying.
Always say what you feel and do what you think.
If I knew today as the last time I’m gonn see you sleep, I would hug you so strong and I would pray the lord to be able to be the guardian of your soul. If I knew this is the last time I’m gonna see you going out through that door, I would give you a hug, a kiss and I would call you again to give you more. If I knew this was the last time I am gonna hear your voice, I would record each one of your words to be able to hear them forever. If I knew these were the last moments I see you I would tell you “I love you” and I wouldn’t assume, stupidly, that you already know it.
There is always a tomorrow and life gives us the opportunity to do things right, but in case I’m wrong and today is the only thing we have left, I would like to tell you how much I love you, and that I’m never going to forget you.
Nobody has for sure a tomorrow, young or old. Today can be the last time you see the ones you love. So... don’t wait more, do it today, because if tomorrow never comes, you will for sure regret the day you didn’t take time for a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were so occupied to give them their last wish. Keep the ones you love near you, tell them in their ear how much you need them. Love them and trate them good. Take time to tell them “I’m sorry”, “forgive me”, “please”, “thank you”, and all the love words you know.
Nobody will remember you for your secret thoughts. Ask God for the strength and the wisdom to express them. Show your friend how important they are for you.


  1. Would it sadden you to learn that the poem was in fact written by an obscure Mexican ventriloquist for his puppet sidekick to sing, not by Garcia-Marquez, although it appeared as being by him and a bunch of newspapers immediately republished it as such? Sorry!

  2. Some Important points to write a good Farewell letters:

    A Farewell letter is a polite gesture which communicates your thoughts and feelings as you are leaving a work-place, a neighborhood or friends. It is one way of showing that you cared about the people you were with.

    Farewell letters are informal letters and must be written in a warm and friendly tone. They can be addressed to one individual or a group.

    It is wrong to assume that farewell letters should be long and sentimental. Depending on the familiarity of your relationship, keep the letters light-hearted and positive.

    It is good to explain in short, the reasons for your leaving. It is also a good time to recount the happy times you spent together or the experience you gained by serving together. Take the opportunity to thank the person/s for their contribution whether it was on a personal or professional level.
    Farewell letters generally include new contact details. At this juncture, it is a good idea to express your wish to continue to keep in touch.

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  3. But you would have read that this farewell letter was not written by García Marquez. It is also not his style, and it isn't his way of thinking either.

    I realize that in translation that is not immediately visible.

  4. this letter changed my life.

  5. great words by great people..thanx Yara,Ali

  6. It doesn't matter if the poem is by someone famous or not. If it hits home then that is all that matters.

  7. Happy farewell messages

  8. In this world when Value System going apart we badly need it kind of "REMINDER" about our P R I O Rities!!!