I've heard it said

She took Glinda's hands in hers,

That people come into our lives

Green hands enveloping white.

For a reason

"This is it, Glinda.

Don't try to clear my name."

Bringing something we must learn

"No! I'll make them understand!"

And we are led

"You can't. They'll turn against you."

To those who help us most to grow

"I don't care!"

If we let them

"But I do."

And we help them in return.

"Elphie, no. I… don't go."

Well, I don't know if I believe that's true,

"I have to."

But I know I'm who I am today,

"Then take me with you."

Because I knew you.

---

Like a comet pulled from orbit

"No, Glinda. This is goodbye."

As it passes a sun.

"I need you."

Like a stream that meets a boulder

"Goodbye, Glinda."

Halfway through the wood.

She pushed the smaller girl back.

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

Glinda fell to the ground,

Watched helplessly as the green girl turned away.

But because I knew you,

I have been changed for good.

---

It well may be,

"I don't care much for the past, Glinda.

It's over."

That we will never meet again

"But-"

In this lifetime.

In a flash of black,

Elphaba's face was near Glinda's.

So let me say before we part,

"It's over."

So much of me

Glinda was speechless.

Her blue eyes filled with tears.

Is made of what I learned from you,

"I learned to stand up for what I believe in.

You taught me.

You'll be with me

And I'm not letting you walk away."

Like a handprint on my heart.

Glinda only saw Elphaba's back,

But she knew she was shaking.

And now whatever way our stories end,

"Glinda. Leave me… please."

I know you have rewritten mine,

By being my friend.

---

Like a ship blown from its mooring

She leapt up, sprung at her friend,

By a wind off the sea

Clinging, holding, needing her.

Like a seed dropped by a sky bird

"No! I won't let you go!"

In a distant wood.

Elphaba stood, unyielding.

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

"Glinda. I can't go on like this. Let me be."

But because I knew you,

I have been changed for good.

---

And just to clear the air

Glinda met her dark eyes.

I ask forgiveness

"Whatever I did. I'm sorry. Just don't leave me."

For the things I've done you blame me for

Elphaba turned away.

"No. I'm sorry."

But then I guess we know there's blame to share

Finally, Elphaba lifted her arms,

And held Glinda with all her strength.

And none of it seems to matter anymore.

---

Like a comet pulled from orbit

Tears burned hot at the back of Glinda's eyes.

As it passes a sun.

"Don't leave me."

Like a stream that meets a boulder

"I have to. I must."

Halfway through the wood.

"I won't let you."

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

Elphaba pulled back,

"I'm sorry."

But because I knew you,

She strode off,

Galinda fell back and sank to her knees.

I have been changed for good.

---

Like a ship blown from its mooring

"Goodbye, Glinda."

By a wind off the sea

"Elphie, I-"

The witch paused for a moment.

Like a seed dropped by a sky bird

"I love you, Elphie."

In a distant wood.

Elphaba shook her head and ran off.

She ran off and was melted.

Who can say if I've been changed for the better?

Glinda walked in when it was calm.

She held Elphaba's hat to herself.

"I loved you."

But because I knew you,

I have been changed for good.