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Why Wait?

March 10, 2014

When I die

I want you to climb the highest mountain you see.

As you set your ice axe upon the peak and plant your flag, think:

he should have done this.

When I die

I want you to call my mom each day

tell her how magical she is.

I want you to

make her smile.

And when you feel her happiness, you shall think:

He should have done this.

When I die

I want you to build a company

write a book

fly a plane, do loop de loops

play outside in the summer


as loud as you can

for no reason.

I want you to call every woman I’ve ever been with

and thank her for loving me

in that beautiful special way that only women can.

I want you to hold a new love close


her breath on your neck

eyelashes on your cheek

soft murmurs

and think

he should be doing this.

When I die

I want you to come to my funeral with a pickaxe

rip apart the coffin

pull me out

shake me awake

and point out life






and say: “Go!  Do this.”

(I wrote this over two years ago, shortly after making a vow that changed my life.  Amazing the difference a simple commitment makes over time.  Still, a damn nice reminder…)

18 Comments leave one →
  1. Devi permalink
    March 10, 2014 3:57 am

    Awesome :-) it is something we should read everyday to remind us that time is waiting fo noone and we should live our dream each and everyday !

  2. March 10, 2014 6:55 am

    Thank you for sharing, Kamal! Wonderful poem.

  3. March 10, 2014 9:47 am


  4. eternalwalkabout permalink
    March 10, 2014 11:43 am

    Looks like we have to die many times in our life to experience a new birth and new life.

    Challenges in life are beautiful things. And depression is wonderful gift which is forcing us to continuously grow in life.

    Life is beautiful :)

  5. alexis permalink
    March 13, 2014 2:38 pm

    Yes. Good heavens, yes.

  6. March 15, 2014 3:22 pm

    This is beautiful. Your writing is not beautiful despite your fears, it’s beautiful because of it. I’ve missed your writing. Welcome back! :)

  7. Kathleen permalink
    March 22, 2014 9:04 pm

    This is beautiful amend powerful! Thank you!

  8. Izabella permalink
    July 16, 2014 1:40 am

    Incredibly touching poem…Thank you for sharing

  9. Peace Frog permalink
    September 14, 2014 1:57 pm

    I just downloaded your audiobook. I am excited to live again. Maybe for the first time.

    • September 27, 2014 8:52 pm

      Thank you. I hope the audio book served you well. Wishing you a fantastic life!

  10. October 7, 2014 4:56 am

    This is beautiful…love…thank you

  11. October 8, 2014 4:12 pm

    That was beautiful. It sent waves of shivers throughout my body and had me tearing up. Thank you for sharing that, Kamal.

  12. Thomas Titlow permalink
    November 18, 2014 11:00 pm

    Wow that brought me a few tears of gratitude for my own life Thank you

  13. January 27, 2015 7:06 pm

    I almost couldn’t contain the tears when I read this. We are so blessed to be alive, to be aware of so much perfection and grace. Thank you.


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