I said a prayer in the moments before I saw you that
my composure would be steel and yet your
utter silence broke me down in ways I never expected.
Forgive me, I faltered when taking your still hand into mine and
realizing your sleep would be an endless one,
began to pity myself. And in your dignified manner, you stilled me,
imparted sweet memories; you allowed me a time I thought had
long past and selfish as it may be, I am grateful for holding you
one last time.
I want you to know that behind your closed eyes, I still saw
you as you should be and as you will always be
to me: smiling
You were such a gentleman in every sense of the word.
Dear friend, I hope you heard me when I whispered
that I would not say farewell. I kissed your cheek
and I meant it. There are no goodbyes; there are only see you later’s.
So sleep in peace, and within your warm cocoon
learn of your new wings now. Fashion your Heaven as
it should be
As one day, I will mine.
We will have a party then for the ages,
won’t we? Be with love and light, dear
friend. I’ll meet you then at the bar come nine.
~ for Rich
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