While I’m Still Here

while I'm still here

I can’t vacation on the beach after I leave this world
Or feel the sun’s warmth on my face after I leave this world
No longer will we share our meals after I leave this world
So, I better do it now while I’m still here

I won’t be penning poems like this after I leave this world
No words will fill my journal pages after I leave this world
I’ll write no letters to my friends after I leave this world
So, I will keep on writing while I’m here

I’ll miss the iris blooms in spring after I leave this world
I’ll sink no boot prints in the snow after I leave this world
Or view our new red maple’s growth after I leave this world
So, I will notice beauty while I’m here

My cats won’t have my lap for purring after I leave this world
I won’t be giving hugs to loved ones after I leave this world
No more snuggles with my sweetie after I leave this world
So I’ll express my love while I‘m still here

The best time to enjoy my life
To write and live days mindfully
The perfect time to show my love
Is right now in this moment

 

This poem was influenced by the song, When I’m Gone by Phil Ochs and by the book, Fifty-seven Reasons Not to Have a Nuclear War.

Photo by frank mckenna courtesy of Unsplash   

9 thoughts on “While I’m Still Here

    1. That does interest me, Tom. I was not familiar with Phil Ochs or that song until about a week ago I heard it on the Acoustic Hits station on Spotify. I looked it up and loved the words – his lyrics are much better than my poem! I was sad to read that he died the year I graduated college in TN. I bet that was a great concert. We could use activists like him right now. Thanks for the comment, Tom. I appreciate having one more small thread of connection with Phil Ochs.

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