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Apr 2010
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.
Written by
Robin Russell  F/Texas
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