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isatou juwara

(27 / Sukuta town)

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If Tomorrow Never Comes


Dear mother,
just now I realized
that man's stay on earth
is but limited
and that our days
are but numbered
and being mortal i know not
what lies ahead tomorrow.

But if tomorrow never comes
just you remember
that you had a daughter
who despite her teenage rebellions
adores you.

Please mother,
do tell my father
and my brother
that inspite of our differences
they were dear to my heart.

But to you my love
if tomorrow never comes
do remember those beautiful eyes of mine
that once mirrored the flame of love
that burneth within my heart.

And do remember
that though life be short
and unpredictable
its still a beautiful life, live it
I did!

Submitted: Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Edited: Tuesday, August 09, 2011

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  • Dash Black (9/28/2013 5:46:00 AM)

    Nice and touching opus, glad to have had the time to read it. Worth of being poem of the day. Congrats Juwara (Report) Reply

  • D H (9/28/2012 7:24:00 PM)

    A memory, that brings out a reflection of what you are doing in your life. Beautiful poem, and with her memory. (Report) Reply

  • Tanmayi Mukundan (9/28/2012 8:09:00 AM)

    such a wonderfully written poem! very simple yet touches the heart. makes me think that there are so many things i need to tell so many people today if tomorrow never comes. keep writing :) (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (9/28/2012 1:06:00 AM)

    At last a poem to relish and appreciate, great flow and such wonderful touching lines....it is so exceptional to me as a mother as sometimes as we get older we become a bit lost and for the child she brought into the world to turn around and consider her in such an unselfish compassionate way, to almost take her hand and say (live it like I did!) gorgeous touching write and congratulations on poem of the day... i can totally see why this was chosen...tyvm karen (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Ching (8/11/2011 9:34:00 PM)

    A beautiful, artfully worded piece that makes a powerful impression on the reader with few words and simple ideas, rather like some of my own poems.
    Indeed, even though we may plan out each day to the finest detail, it is not in our hands to decide when the last of our days on earth will be...and because of this, we must treasure each and every second we have with our loved ones, since nothing lasts forever. A heartfelt write anyone can connect with,10++ from me.
    -Leslie- (Report) Reply

  • Romeo Della Valle (8/9/2011 7:53:00 PM)

    Wow! Speechless! My dear friend! A heart touching poem full of emotions and love that really moved me since my mother passed away three years ago and now my father a few weeks ago. That empty space can not be filled by anybody else! I love this well penned and poignant! Brilliant! 10++++ Keep inspiring the World with your talented writes! God Bless Your for always! Romeo from New York! ... (Report) Reply

  • Jim Farr (8/9/2011 5:20:00 PM)

    I like poems where authors can say alot in few words. As you did very well here. I like the last part the most. Good work (Report) Reply

  • Aqeb Benazir (8/9/2011 11:43:00 AM)

    the 4th and 5th Para are the best in this piece...Very very sublime and conveys an essential aspect on life and hope...the theme of this poem is a lot like mine 'NotBroken'. I like it a lot ;) (Report) Reply

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