Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tomorrow Never Comes

Every two weeks I meet my friends to have a self-directed English study session in Ikoma city, Nara Prefecture. Yesterday five people attended and enjoyed reading an article, listening to CNN news ... In the session, we make a presentation voluntarily. We can choose the topic freely and yesterday's topic varied from "IMF" to "Toji Temple".
 One of the members made a presentation about the nun of "Chuguji Imperial Convent". The nun had a very unique career of living a cosmopolitan life in Singapore in her childhood and working for a pharmaceutical company for several years. In the end of the presentation, she cited "Tomorrow Never Comes" by Norma Cornett Marek.
 I was so impressed with the poem. I've never thought about that. If I knew it would be the last day, what do I want to do?

Tomorrow Never Comes
  Norma Cornett Marek

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'd see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss, and call you back for just one more. 

If I knew it would be the last time I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would tape each word and action, and play them back throughout my days.
If I knew it would be the last time, I would spare an extra minute or two,
To stop and say "I love you," instead of assuming you know I do.

So just in case tomorrow never comes, and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you, and I hope we never will 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
That you love them very much, and 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.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely sentiments in the poem. Thank you for sharing. I am glad that you liked Simon's Cat cartoons.

    Hugs, Kaye xoxox