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Poem: Don't Wait Until I'm Dying

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Poem Summary

"Don't Wait Until I'm Dying" is a poem where one wants others to show him he is loved and worthy of their time while he is still alive.

He doesn't want others to wait until his final days to be there.

"3 Doors Down ~ When I'm Gone"

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Don't Wait Until I'm Dying

Don’t wait until I’m dying

to show how much you care,

filling my heart with sadness

too much for me to bear.


Making me want more time,

when it’s obvious I didn’t cross your mind

or you’d been beside me

all the time.


Let me know

you’re in my corner,

helping out along the way,

instead of reaching out

when I’m near my final days.


The heartbreak I’ll carry with me,

not seeing you by my side,

knowing I’m not enough,

I’m not worthy of your time.

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Don't wait until people are dead to give them flowers.

— Sean Covey

"Tanya Tucker ~ Bring My Flowers Now"

© 2021 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 18, 2021:

Take the time

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 17, 2021:

Don't wait until someone is dying

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 15, 2021:

Don't wait

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 14, 2021:

Anne

Thank you so very much!

Have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 14, 2021:

Kalpana,

Thank you.

I think people just believe there is more time.

We live such busy lives and death sometimes seems so unreal.

I'm glad you understand the importance.

Have a great day.

Anne Mitz Escal from National Capital Region, PH on October 14, 2021:

Love it Ms. Brenda ❤️

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 14, 2021:

I always wonder why people wait till we are gone to express their affection and gratitude. Never keep such things for later. A need of the hour. Thanks for sharing, Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 13, 2021:

Take a few moments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 13, 2021:

Don't wait

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 12, 2021:

Maria

Thank you.

I'm sorry he didn't get to come home.

It's something we just don't know. Things can change in a blink of a moment.

My boyfriend had a stroke at work July 2020 and suddenly found out he has stage 4 lung cancer.

He had no clue.

Life is shorter than we realize when we rush around with our busy schedules.

My uncle just passed away and even though we all knew he was ill, we thought we had more time.

Take care of yourself and have a great week.

Maria Logan Montgomery from Coastal Alabama, UsA on October 12, 2021:

This poem is beautiful but so sad. It happens far too often. We think they have plenty of time -- then we don't. In 2009, I took my dad to the hospital thinking they would keep him overnight, give him some IV antibiotics, then send us home. He had a stroke that night, and never went home. We all need reminders such as your lovely poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 11, 2021:

Ginger

Thank you.

There are times our lives seem to busy, but trust me...things can change in a blink of a moment.

Ginger Burke from Illinois on October 11, 2021:

Such a beautiful reminder that we all need to hear. Sometimes it's even just the busyness of life that makes us forget the importance of valuing others.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 10, 2021:

Don't wait until it's too late

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 10, 2021:

Amara

Thank you.

I think it's important to spend time with people before our time is over.

The trouble is...life can give us a curve ball when we least expect it.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 10, 2021:

Rosina

Thank you.

It is important to realize just how short life really is...we may not have tomorrow.

Too often we think there is more time.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 10, 2021:

Fran

Thank you so much.

I'm reminded today how short life is with the passing of my Uncle.

There are so many people who put off visiting people until it's too late.

Time is very precious.

Take care.

Amara from Pakistan on October 10, 2021:

Dont know why people get to know one's worth, when that person is already gone from this world. Beautifully written Bredz. Blessings.

Rosina S Khan on October 10, 2021:

Your poem carries a very important message. Yes, we should give time to our loved ones now but not wait until their dying days. I loved your poem, Brenda. Thank you for sharing.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on October 10, 2021:

Brenda, I couldn't have said it better. Time is precious. This almost made me cry. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Juliet

Thank you.

I'm glad you like this one.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

John

Thank you.

It happens in the best of families.

There are disputes that make people shut each other out.

I've even seen arguments at funeral homes, which is not the place.

I guess this one does ryhme a bit!

Take care.

Juliet Acedera from Valenzuela City on October 09, 2021:

Hi Brenda, I really like the message of your poem. Nicely written. Thank you for sharing it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 09, 2021:

A very clear message in this poem, Brenda, and it is a rhyming one at that! I can relate to this through my wife’s family and conflict within. Some of them have died young and because they weren’t on speaking terms others didn’t feel they would be welcome to attend the funeral. So sad. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Pamela

Thank you.

It's sad when a loved one is facing the end & we wish we had shared more time with them.

Life is short & we don't get another chance.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Farah

Thank you.

You are so right.

When the end nears, it's often too late.

Have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Rozlin

Thank you.

So happy you enjoyed this one.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Peggy

Thank you.

It may not seem like much...but it is.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Vidya

Thank you.

Sometimes people find it hard to be there towards the end.

I think we should enjoy our moments before that time nears.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Misbah

Thank you.

So many times people wait to visit only when the end is near.

Have a great day.

Bredz

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 09, 2021:

Liz

Thank you.

Have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 09, 2021:

This is a very good, clear message, and I like this poem, Brenda. As Farah stated we can take our loved ones for granted by just being too busy with work or whatever, but it I so important to get that message across when we love someone. I enjoyed reading your poem and quotes.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 09, 2021:

Beautiful and touching poem. We often take our loved ones for granted and fail to realize what precious gift we have until it’s too late to correct things.

Rozlin from UAE on October 09, 2021:

Beautiful poem with a very true message, Brenda. Thank you for sharing.

Blessings and love always!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2021:

I like your message. Our time is the most precious thing to give to others.

VIDYA D SAGAR on October 09, 2021:

Beautiful and moving poem Brenda. Everyone wishes their loved ones to be by their side not just in the end but always.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on October 09, 2021:

So heartfelt and beautiful piece, Bredz. God Bless you and your loved ones.

Lots of Love and Hugs to you. :)

Liz Westwood from UK on October 09, 2021:

This is a heartfelt and poignant poem.

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