I will hold you in my heart
I shall miss you my friend,
your bright eyes and your laughter,
your energy and your humour,
your patience and your kindness
to the sad, the misfits and the lame.
But with you held deep in my heart
I shall walk again with you,
my unseen companion, to greet
the mournful crying of the gulls
and sing to the welcoming beat
of lacy foam capped waves.
This is the loving friendship
with which, in my latter years,
I have been richly blessed,
and from the bottom of my heart
I thank you, and pray that your God
will go with you, and bless you.