My son's dance performance opens
with a song you used to play.
I weep for how you rolled these chords.
I can still hear you singing
"I need someone to love and
understand me," the way you'd slow
for emphasis on "oh what hard luck
stories they all hand me! Make
the bed and light the light,
I'll be home late tonight..."
But you won't be. Or -- not with us.
Dare I hope that the world to come
feels like home in all the ways
this world sometimes doesn't, that
now you feel loved and understood
in all that you are?