The Cherokee Indians have no word for goodbye.

Goodbye is never said…

If someone dies or leaves

Donadagohvi (doe-na-dah-go-huh-ee) is voiced instead.


Hoping they will see that person

they know not where or when…

Donadagohvi simply means

until we see each other again.


I love that concept…no farewell statement

as one soars off to the sky.

No adios…no swan song.

No need to say goodbye.


There is some comfort in believing

they will again be seen…

no matter how long the interlude…

how much time or distance in between.


Of course if you followed the teachings of the Cherokee:

If you believe in patience, in lending a helping hand,

if you believe the land does not belong to you

but you belong to the land…


If you believe in balance, in working together 

for the benefit of Earth and Sky,

if you believe in always doing what is right…

then when it comes your time to die…


You will see your loved ones gathered round you.

You will smile at them…and then…

as you look each person in the eye

you'll say donadagohvi…

until we see each other again…

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broughts tears to my eyes as

broughts tears to my eyes as it made me think of my late father. Blessings to you for this wonderful, wonderful piece you have shared