honoring Andrew

like father, like son
the best of each one
revealed in these words
by tragedy stirred

a life, sixteen years
a gift, joy and tears
recalled hereupon
a promise passed on

to live, young at heart
seek music and art
but show all regard
do right and work hard

to love and to dream
and sometimes to scheme
of the risk or the dare
when you haven’t a prayer

to hold loved ones close
your family, the most
and thank God for life
despite pain and strife

remarkable lines
of a father’s design
to teach everyone       
how to honor his son.

for my good friend Joel, upon the passing of his son

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