I read this poem one day, and didn’t give it much thought. I have a friend as the one in the following poem. Thanks to some outside forces, I’ve lost the ability to even say hello. I pray that the day never comes as the one in the poem below.

So check yourself, and your list. Then do what you think is right. And please, please “say what you mean”!

Poem

Around the corner I have a friend,

In this great city that has no end,

Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,

And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face,

For life is a swift and terrible race,

He knows
I like him just as well,

As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine but we were younger then,

And now we are busy, tired men.

Tired of playing a foolish game,

Tired of trying to make a name.

“Tomorrow” I say! “I will call on Jim

Just to show that I’m thinking of him.”

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,

And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,

“Here’s a telegram sir,” “Jim died today.”

And that’s what we get and deserve in the end.

Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean.

If you
love someone, tell them.

Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you.

Because when you decide that it is the right time it might

be too late.

Seize the day. Never have regrets.

And most importantly, stay close to your friends

and family, for they have helped

make you the person that you are today.

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About Medicsmurf

I am an ex- NY City Emergency Paramedic. Life brings us new challenges, adventures, and downfalls. I look to making them all a positive way to grow. From here we only go up.

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