there was no big speech,
perhaps only some apologies after having
thought about this moment for the last year,
having no brilliant or deep thoughts to share with us,
perhaps only some brief annoyance at the daughter-in-law
interrupting to ask for hot coffee,
this is his day.
and so, surrounded by us all, his eyes
misty, us all in attendence,
we listened to his heart
we had seen the smiles, the tenderness,
the love, the sadness and anguish
at seeing the end that we will all see one day,
I can understand this.
in spite, or because,
he invited us all to join him here in our
matching blue T-shirts,
we would only wear them all for him
in love and appreciation.