If We Never Ever See Again: Sentimental Farewell

If we never ever see again 
I hope my smile is ingrained
So deeply in your brain
That a thousand heavy drops of rain
Won't be able to wash it down the drain

If we never ever see again
I hope my laughter becomes a sweet refrain
Rolling gently like a loop in your brain
Till it puts in restrain
Every discordant sound of pain

If we never ever see again
I hope my words, though casually said
Remain with you through all your days
And never fails to put a smile on your face
When you're blue or down from age

If we never ever see again
I hope the memories that we've made
Are etched permanently in your brain
And treasured far above all gain
Above fame and all that is vain

“If We Never Ever See Again” is a poignant and heartfelt poem that explores the bittersweet emotions of potential separation. It falls under the umbrella of lyric poetry, where the speaker’s inner world takes center stage.

Through a series of wishes, the poem paints a picture of a love that transcends the possibility of physical distance.

A Breakdown by Stanza:

Stanza 1: The Power of a Smile

The poem opens with a stark possibility: “If we never see again.” This line plunges us into the speaker’s melancholic contemplation of a parting of ways. To combat this sadness, the speaker expresses a profound wish:

I hope my smile is ingrained So deeply in your brain That a thousand heavy drops of rain Won’t be able to wash it down the drain

Never Ever See Again
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The imagery here is powerful. The smile signifies a moment of joy, a positive memory the speaker hopes will leave an indelible mark. The word “ingrained” emphasizes the intensity of the wish – a smile so deeply etched that even the most challenging times, symbolized by “a thousand heavy drops of rain,” cannot erase it. The contrast between the gentle smile and the heavy rain highlights the speaker’s desire for a lasting positive influence.

Stanza 2: Laughter as a Comforting Melody

The second stanza builds on the theme of cherished memories. Here, the focus shifts to laughter:

I hope my laughter becomes a sweet refrain Rolling gently like a loop in your brain Till it puts in restrain Every discordant sound of pain

The speaker desires their laughter to be remembered as a “sweet refrain,” a comforting melody that plays on repeat in the loved one’s mind. The word “loop” suggests a constant, soothing presence. This joyful memory is powerful enough to “restrain” any feelings of pain, offering a temporary escape from negativity.

Stanza 3: The Enduring Power of Words

The poem takes a more introspective turn in the third stanza. The speaker expresses a wish for the impact of their words to transcend fleeting conversations:

If we never ever see again I hope my words, though casually said Remain with you through all your days And never fails to put a smile on your face When you’re blue or down from age

Here, the focus is not on grand pronouncements, but on the impact of everyday words. The qualifier “though casually said” underscores how even seemingly insignificant interactions can hold lasting meaning. The speaker desires for these words to provide comfort and a smile “when you’re blue or down from age,” highlighting the enduring impact they wish to have, even as time passes.

Stanza 4: A Treasure Beyond Material Possessions

The final stanza broadens the scope from individual moments to the entirety of the shared experience:

If we never ever see again I hope the memories that we’ve made Are etched permanently in your brain And treasured far above all gain Above fame and all that is vain

Here, the speaker wishes for all the “memories that we’ve made” to be etched permanently in the loved one’s mind. These memories are not simply cherished, but “treasured far above all gain” and “above fame and all that is vain.” This comparison elevates the memories to a place of utmost importance, signifying that their value surpasses any material possessions or fleeting achievements.

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