— By Norma Marek (used with permission)
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’d see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss, and call you back for just one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would tape each word and action, and play them back throughout my days
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 know I do.
So, just in case tomorrow never comes, and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you, and I hope we never will 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, and whisper in their ear,
That you love them very much, and 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.
© Norma Cornett Marek 1989
Be sure to tell anyone you consider a friend or a loved one how you feel today. Those you’ve known for a long time, or maybe haven’t talked to in a while, as well as those you may have just met. Let them know how much you care about them. But don’t delay. You never know… you may not see them tomorrow. So, let them know how much they mean to you today. In fact, email this message to them now.
This poem has been claimed by many people, under many titles, including “No Regrets.” It was used at this site for 2+years titled, “If I Knew,” but on 3/29/05 it was changed to “Tomorrow Never Comes.” This poem was authored in 1989 by Norma Marek (pictured below), in memory of a lost child. Norma passed away July 18, 2004, after a prolonged battle with cancer.