When I heard the news, I nearly wept.
It rained all night and all day;
For you, brother, for you.
I wish I could have spoken these words a little sooner,
That they might have reached you in the flesh.
Why does it take a tragedy to make us stop and think?
I cannot know your reasons,
I cannot know your private thoughts and struggles.
But I do know this – that all of the pain and confusion
Has passed from you now.
I know that your family and friends, too
Will in time be healed, find peace and acceptance.
I know that all pain and suffering serves its purpose and passes away
Like shadows before the advancing sun;
While the love that we share shines on.
I know that joy is eternal, all else fades away.
So today does not find me grieving.
This is not a song of loss and mourning,
But a celebration of who you are, and the life that you lived.
I loved you, and I love you still.
I was a friend to you, a brother to you.
We worked alongside one another,
We shared a roof for many months, and never quarreled.
We laughed and sang and drank together.
We roamed the countryside together,
Shared follies and adventures together,
And experienced more in a few short years
Than many do in a lifetime.
I know there was always more to you than was apparent –
That you thought deeply, felt deeply –
That beneath your tough and cool persona
Was a sensitive soul, and a heart of gold.
I know that you have loved, and loved intensely,
You have touched the lives of others,
And your love shines on.
These things I celebrate – these memories linger in my heart.
I will always smile when I think of you.
If I have any regret, it would be this:
I wish I had spoken these words a little sooner.