Watched you turn and walk away like that We just stood there, not knowing how to react Tried to speak but the words wouldn't come The time arrived and we all came undone.
More often you have a distant look in your eyes But I'd like to think somehow, down deep inside You know you're the reason for everything here And when you're ready to leave we'll still be near
Your face still expresses what you cannot say Time cannot be so cruel as to take that away Surely you'll keep with you the best of this place Leave behind the baggage that we'd all like to erase
From 11A I watched the city slip away Through filtered clouds and sunlight on an extraordinary day I looked down on everything I still believe is home Couldn't maintain my composure; I just let it all go.
I've no choice but to believe with patience and faith An inexplicable passage will lead you to grace We can't change the outcome, but it takes nothing away You'll live on through us and we'll make our own way.
I wrote this as I was sitting on a plane, flying back home, after having moved my father to an assisted living facility. I started grieving his loss that day...not the day he died in 2009. We were very close. I loved him so much. He was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. I am so proud of him.