If I Knew


rose1

 

If I knew it would be the last time

That I’d see you fall asleep,

I would tuck you in more tightly

and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time

that I see you walk out the door,

I would give you a hug and kiss

and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time

I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,

I would video tape each action and word,

so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,

I could spare an extra minute to stop and say “I love you,”

instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time

I would be there to share your day,

well I’m sure you’ll have so many more,

so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there’s always tomorrow

to make up for an oversight,

and we always get a second chance

to make everything just right.

There will always be another day to say “I love you,”

And certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do?”

But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get,

I’d like to say how much I love you and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,

And today may be the last chance

you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?

For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day,

That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss

and you were too busy to grant someone, what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear,

Tell them how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear

Take time to say “I’m sorry,” “Please forgive me,” “Thank you,” or “It’s okay.”

And if tomorrow never comes, you’ll have no regrets about today.

Anonymous

 

Friends,
Life is fragile.  There are no guarantees.
A line in a song from Rent says “no day but today.”
Before your head hits the pillow tonight, make sure someone knows they are loved.

Rest Well, my friend.

All photographs and writing property of LoneStarLifer. 2009.

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2 Responses

  1. What a poignant & tear provoking poem…don’t usually cry with my morning coffee blogs, but Im doing it now. For anyone who has ever loved another and anyone who has ever lost another, and I would say that has to be every blessed one of us, these words are so true. There are no guarantees, and tomorrow is not a given. Call your mother, hug a friend, tell your husband you love him as he, or you, heads out the door. And, I’ll add, say thanks for your “blogginbuds” for their thoughtful posts. Thanks, Pam *elaine*

  2. I had heard this before, but these days it is meaning more and more to me. Great post PP.

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