There are no second chances on this planet traversing the cosmos to say that “I love you.” This may sound fatalistic, but Fate is not known for its kindness to the human race.
Parents send their 18 year-old daughter to college, but their child never returns home. A brother goes for a ride on his motorcycle and never returns.
Children plan to visit their fathers and mothers, but once again, before that special holiday circulates around the calendar, children stand at an open grave looking down on a casket and suffering the loss which happens daily on this orb. Death intrudes into the equation once more, and once more, and once more…
Regret seems so common in our lives. Why didn’t I take the time to say, “I love you”? I wish I could relive the day before. I wish I had more time with him/her. If I could go back in time …
“I love you.” These three words can be spoken at a gravesite, but to the one being addressed, these three words cannot be heard. They are not there. The essence of what they were has slipped back into the cosmic ocean. The ultimate misery of separation is a bitter herb tea. The taste will linger for many weeks.
Before the opportunity is gone forever in the sands of time, tell your parents or other special ones, “I love you.” Do the dance with your father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, wife, husband or that special someone in your life.
And may those memories of those special moments bring you joy and comfort as you reflect on what was and what can never be again on this earth. For what else is there after the final goodbye except memories of the departed.
For those who believe there is a reality beyond this life so fragile, there is hope for reunion and where the dance song of life will never end. For those who do not believe there is another reality, their memories are all there is to embrace and to hold onto in the days, months and years to come until they fade into the cosmic ocean.
If I could steal
One final glance
One final step
One final dance with him
I’d play a song that would never ever end
Cause I’d love love love to dance with my father again
G. D. Williams © 2011
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