You walked in from the barren world,
Drew castles in the sand
Envisioned places far and strange,
Then placed them in my hands
In a fragile, clear, thin sphere of glass
Holding plants and magic things
To those mystic lands you added life
That had six legs and wings.
You gave, and gave, and never took
You always kept your word
You never left or changed you mind
You made others seem absurd
Without words, you said so much
In life you were so large
Yet modest, simple, kind, and true
You brought me safe this far.
When I was young you took the helm
And steered me from the rocks
As I grew up you fashioned me
Winter clothes, thick hats, warm socks.
Through soft words and quick jabs,
Diatribes when I would hear
Wisdom shared guided my life
Through love, and truth, not fear
A boy I was when we first met
Confused I've been before
A man I am and ready now
To aim for heaven's door
So I accept your parting wish
Mentor, Teacher, Friend
I'm ready now to take the wheel
Held true until the end.