Here, again, is my poem I wrote for him. Read it as we spread some of his ashes around a tree at the farm he was born on. With some of his relatives on either side of me.
From the first time I met you and had begun to love you,
I knew we both made the right choice.
We gave each other love; we gave each other care,
And never ending feelings of rejoice.
Our love grew in understanding over the years,
You placed your trust in me.
Our joys were each others, as were our struggles,
We served each other faithfully.
Then I accepted my pain, to free you from yours,
When we bid each other farewell that day.
I freed you and with my last gift I could give you,
I sent you on your way.
You had fought hard, rest your body now,
My companion and my true friend.
This time of suffering you came to experience,
Has come to a peaceful end.
What you meant, what you taught me, each moment we shared,
Will always be cherished by me.
Life measures quality, not always length of time,
And you’re now a part of my history.
Your friendship spans the years behind,
Now your memory the years ahead.
And I know in my heart there will be that one day,
We shall walk side by side once again.
One day the smiles will replace the tears,
And I will no longer grieve.
For you’ll live in my memories, forever in my heart,
And I’ll accept it was your time to leave.