To J.D.F.

by Ralkkai

We walked side by side,
him and I
and though the walk was long
the words were wise.

‘Cross the top of the world,
above the clouds were we walked,
above rain and weathered worry;
and all along we talked.

We talked of many thing
that neither we knew nor dreamt to know
and occasionally we pondered on things
we knew
 we knew
  like how cold the world got when the wind blew.

And as we hiked up to the Lake of Crystal
below the peak which bears its name,
we became bonded like father and son-by-marriage,
reminding me of when he gave his daughter for me to claim.

This, my ode to one of the best of men I will ever know
is dedicated to how much he has helped me grow.