FEB (May 14,1953 / Pittsburgh, PA)

In Your Footprints

Dear Father In-Law,
if I should wish for something today,
it will be within this little verse I relay to you,
to come home every hour to the woman I treasure
and give thanks for the blessings she gives
to be sincere and true just as you are to your wife

I've seen the joy on your face
when yesterday you lifted your grandson, Caleb
I saw you listen to all the drought talks of Camia
I've watched you hold them tenderly
so tenderly in your arms striking them with a smile
if I should wish for something today,
it will be within this little joys you bring to all

to be a wonderful Father-in-law is my dream too
to encourage, mentor, and champion love of family
that when the spring of my life has passed
and summer arrives with broken limbs
all who knew me will say, I’ve seen them through
with a robe pure and white and a love so warm
and if I can go to Sleep so soundly, I’ll say
it was my Father-in-law who taught me
how to go gently into the night

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