Dawn Marie Huddleston


If I Knew - Poem by Dawn Marie Huddleston

If I Knew


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, ' 'Thank you, '
'Please forgive me, ' or 'It's okay.'
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Author: Dawn Marie Huddleston
www.DawnMarieHuddleston.com

Topic(s) of this poem: love, love and loss, pain, sorrow, life and death, death


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Written shortly after my father's death
and in Honor of my Father, J.C. Acree
'Love You Daddy'

Comments about If I Knew by Dawn Marie Huddleston

  • Kelly Kurt (9/7/2015 11:56:00 AM)


    A beautiful poem, Dawn Marie. Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (9/7/2015 3:58:00 AM)


    The poem underscores not only a reality of life but a philosophy for every one of us to be kept in mind just in case 'tomorrow never comes.' I would like to quote a few lines:
    ....why not do it today?
    For if tomorrow never comes,
    you'll surely regret the day,
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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 7, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, September 7, 2015


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