Is it tomorrow yet?

By Charm Moreto Damon

 

Is it tomorrow yet?

Because today, I am flabbergasted by the inexplicably terrible news,

News that I only think occurs in someone’s imagination,

But I was wrong, because all of this is true, the country has lost many lives too soon.

 

I am angry, I am confused, I am sad, and I have cried,

Because today, I am flabbergasted by the inexplicably terrible news,

I am a parent, but not of the angels that were taken from theirs,

So I could only imagine what they feel and think, if someone so distant like me could feel so hurt and lost.

 

They were our children, and they were our teachers, no less,

But today, I am flabbergasted by the inexplicably terrible news,

How, oh why, could anyone think that taking others and himself is the answer to his pain?

And I could only imagine what his parents feel and think, if someone so distant like me could also feel so hurt and lost.

 

Is it tomorrow yet?

Because today, the country is mourning,

The country and every heart is mourning,

Because maybe tomorrow there is less pain and crying.

 

But tomorrow is too far away,

Today is another day, another day to mourn, to smile, to hug and to forgive,

Today, we can choose what the day will be, to choose to celebrate lives,

Lives that were lost, and lives that still are.

 

Tomorrow and today, we will not forget the angels and heroes taken from us,

And today and tomorrow, let us celebrate the angels and heroes that are still here with us,

Because waiting for tomorrow may be one second too late,

To let our loved ones and ourselves know that they are loved,

That we are loved.

That you are loved.

 

About the Author: Charm Moreto Damon is a mother, a TESOL professional and a freelance editor.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines, and pursued graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where she also taught academic writing and research to international students.  She is currently a stay-at-home-mom, and keeps herself busy with family, friends, and editorial work.   She writes for amsdaily.net regularly. She may be contacted at charm.damon@gmail.com.