“Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow”

A long time ago, in a high school far, far away from many of you…this was published in a literary magazine…

“Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow”

By Daniel Sherrier

“But…what if we never see each other again?” She was near tears.

“It’s a risk we’ll have to take,” he replied, trying his best to sound confident and sincere. “We need this time apart from one another. Remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

“For you, my heart can grow no fonder.”

They embraced. “We must do this!”

“I don’t know if I can!”

“Listen to me! This is for our own good!”

She considered it for a moment. “All—all right.” They were still hugging. “You let go first.”

“No, please. I insist.”

“How about on the count of three?”

They both began counting. “One…two…three…”

Slowly, they began to separate, but they soon discovered they could not bring themselves to do so. Like an over-stretched rubber band, they snapped back together.

“I can’t do it!” she sobbed.

“Nor can I, my love…but—but we must! Do it for me, please.”


Even more gradually than before, the couple began to push apart from one another. Eventually, they were just holding hands.

“Be strong,” he said.

“I—I will.”

They let go of each other and began to walk in opposite directions.

“Good-bye, my love!” she yelled.

“Good-bye, my darling!” he called out.

He went off to lunch, and she went to her next class.