My son, my son, I leave you now.
It was not my choice to say good-bye
when you are still so young and now
must face alone he greatest choices of your life–
of schooling, jobs and love and marriage.
I, your father, will never see you as a man,
as grown to the fullness of your strength
with beard and back and standing tall
amidst the storms and joys of years and all.
I will not be there as you walk
the paths of times to come.
But I leave to you the joys
and lessons of the times we shared
and ask that you carry on
my burdens and my cares
while I lay at rest as
my soul cries out to God above
to take my place as your shield from harm
and lead you through the life I cannot follow,
for I today have left you now to walk alone.