Far Too Late I Realized by Shobana Gomes

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Once when there was life in me,
I took it for granted,
I waited far too long, thinking I had time
Maybe to say “I Love You” or just to be around
To light up someone’s life and maybe even mine

I put off the day and then realized far too soon it was night
Time had passed through my procrastination
Precious time that I couldn’t ever have again
Or grasp and hold, and maybe even sing and dance

Once, said like it was in the past
Only, it was yesterday that I had missed out on
Never to hold or grasp in my hand
Never to sing or dance again

Time flew past like it always did
It never checked with the clock before it ticked another minute

Far too soon, it was time to die
And far too late, I realized that I needed more time
To live, maybe to do the things I never did for lack of time
Or just to sing and dance, to say “I Love You”,
For another chance to see the other side of the world
That was not within my reach
The one I wasted time, ignored and left out of my plans
I could do it another day, another time,

Far too late, I realized that another day and another time was yesterday!


Shobana Gomes lives in sunny Malaysia. She believes that poetry is a culmination of heart and soul. Therein she finds her peace and inspiration. She advocates that life is a gift and believes that every person has a right to freedom. You can follow her on her social media pages or visit her blog SIMPLY SHOBANA to read her work.

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Shobana’s poetry is a stark reminder of how life passes one by without one knowing it. And when realization dawns if it does, it’s often too late to rectify the missteps and turn back time for chances that were either carelessly or unfortunately missed. Let’s not look at tomorrow while standing in the shade of yesterday. Today is what truly matters and let’s live it like it’s the only time we have. A sad but inspiring piece.
    Congratulations Shobana!

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    1. Thank you, Terveen. You said it so well. We need to live each day apppreciating the life we have in us.

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  2. Cassa Bassa says:

    It often the case sadly. Well written!

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    1. Thank you, Cassa. Yes, it is often the case.


  3. jonicaggiano says:

    Well said Shobana, the older we get the time flies by and before we know it the week is gone, the month, and the year. Life has a way of creating things for us to do we don’t necessarily want to do but must be done just the same. Lovely writing, big hugs, Joni

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  4. Live for the day. You may not get a tomorrow……

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  5. it is “far too soon and it’s night” beautiful my friend.

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