In memory of the untimely death of Rupert Wyard (d. 6/25/18)
May he rest in peace
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 the 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.
Lawrence J. Fedewa
June 25, 2018