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TOMORROW WHEN I GO TO PRISON ALONE. A poem by Carrie Neighbors

When your tomorrow starts without me
and I am not there to see,
That the sun shall rise, and find your eyes
are filled with tears for me.

I hated how you cried, the pain you felt that day
As you watched me stand before the judge, then slowly led away.
As I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
Shackled and chained like an animal, all I could say was "WHY?"

I had so much more to share with you, so much yet to do,
It seemed so impossible, that I was leaving you!
I thought of all our yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared, and all the fun we had!

If I could take back yesterday, if only for a while,
I'd take away, my foolish way, and work to make you smile!
But then I fully realized, that just could not be,
For my foolish follies have truly caused this reality!

When I thought of all my worldly things, I'd surely miss tomorrow,
My thoughts of you, and me not there is what filled my heart with sorrow!

Passing through those prison gates, so awfully far from home
I truly felt that painful sting of being all alone!
Someday I will leave prison, at long last be set free,
I pray on that day, you will still be waiting for me.
But when tomorrow starts without me, remember as you tarry
That prison life is full of strife when there ain't no commissary!

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