One Last Wish

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 videotape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

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 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 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’s?”

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,
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.

written by Norma Cornett Marek in 1989

I stumbled upon this poem circa 2001 and it’s been on my scratchpad since then, personally “faved” it thanks to my eyes who cant hold-on of it’s tears the first time i read it.

It’s not my poem but I’m sharing it to remind us that in this very worldly place we’re living in right now, the person beside you might be the last person you’ll see, forever.

12 Responses to One Last Wish

  1. Poh S. says:

    Great poem, good meanings! Love it! :’)

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  4. very nice poem.. i think i have read it before, but today i have read it with concentration.

  5. GIochi Winx says:


    its so awesome ))

    i love the lyrics it could make a great song ))

  6. Ragna Maniac says:

    Nicely explain ur feelings 😛
    R u A poet ??

  7. nice poem & nice thought.

  8. hmm that is realy very nice poem, very nice feelings expressed in it..

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