It’s funny. I have come across this poem a few times and every time I read it I am reminded of how busy yet short life can be! A lot of us take many things for granted. We get caught up in the present, postpone things to the future & forget that tomorrow may not come for us, our friends or members of our family. Of course, we should not be depressed or stressed out and focus on death but perhaps just appreciate and express more.
Although this idea of ‘tomorrow may not come’, for most, is a sad thought. It can be liberating and fill you with warmth if you see/receive it as a reminder of what you have the power to change. That you have the power to shift the balance. That we have choices.
Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
“Tomorrow” I say! “I will call on Jim
Just to show that I’m thinking of him.”
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
“Here’s a telegram sir,” “Jim died today.”
And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.
Remember to always say what you mean.
If you love someone, tell them.
Don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.
Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late.
Seize the day. Never have regrets.
And most importantly, stay close to your friends
and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.
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