Some suitable poems to use to say goodbye to students include Helen H. Moore's "Summer's Here," “Aloha’oe (Farewell to Thee)” by Queen Lydia Kamakaeha Lili’uokalani and “Farewell” by Emily Dickinson. Teachers, professors and colleagues can also make up their own poems for a more personal goodbye.
The poem that is most suitable for a goodbye to students depends on the students' ages. Moore's "Summer's Here" is best suited for school children in elementary grades, although it also works for children of other ages. "Farewell to Thee" is suited for older students in high school as well as in college. It is also appropriate as a farewell to student colleagues. Dickinson's "Farewell" is an appropriate address for a teacher who is leaving his students for another position or school.
Saying a permanent goodbye to a dying student may require a more somber tone. Christina Rosetti's "Remember" offers a poignant goodbye message filled with beauty. Arthur Rimbaud's poem "Departure" is also appropriate for a final goodbye. Students who appreciate humor may prefer a funnier poem, such as "The Rhinocerous" by Ogden Nash. When the teacher himself is dying, a goodbye poem for students like Wilhelm Müller's "Good Night" also works well as a farewell message.