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Sunset near Pupukea Hawaii; Photo coutesy of  Kathleen Kendle

Sunset near Pupukea Hawaii; Photo coutesy of Kathleen Kendle

(This poem is being re-posted in memory of 9/11/01)

Sometimes Life Gives Us No Tomorrows

Know that I love you wherever I may be.
Always treasure that reality.
Life comes and goes.
And sometimes it goes without warning.

Cry the tears that a broken heart leaves.
Scream out your sadness to the world, the universe or Gd
But never question the love that was part of our every interaction
I am always in your heart.

Sometimes life gives us no tomorrows
Allow yourself the room to mourn
Move forward knowing I am always with you.
What we had can never be taken away – even in death

Some tomorrows never come
Don’t forget the good that I did
Learn from the less than perfect attributes of my essence
And become the best you that you can be.

I have always loved you
I love people just for being who they are
Finding light in the darkest of moments has kept me thriving as I have.
Chanting, writing, dancing, and praying made me into the person I was.

Don’t be afraid to tread when you can’t really swim
Dance in the rain and find the rainbows when darkness prevails
Find the good in every challenge that crosses your path
And always soar and reach for your best.

Know that my life is with you no matter where I stand.
Sometimes life gives us no tomorrows
But I will still always be where you are now.
I love you.

~ ~ ~

Note: This poem was originally written on May 27, 2011 after I witnessed a fatal car crash.  After hearing the accident and seeing what a moment’s difference would have made, I wanted my sons to have something tangible if ever I were the one to die suddenly.  The above words are what flowed from my heart. On that day in May, I realized that accidents, terrorism, sudden illness, etc. can take those we love.  Life happens. Death happens.  And you never expect the sudden death to be you or someone you love.

Somehow it felt appropriate to re-post this poem today on 9/11. The attacks resulted in the deaths of  2,977 victims. The victims included 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon.  All of these people and their loved ones believed that tomorrow would come – why wouldn’t they have?  But Sometimes Tomorrows Never Come. . . .

With blessings & light,
Chava

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