Required of Us a Song
All that life requires of us is a song.
Not one especially created or written or played by us;
But one that we love.
A song that defines who we believe ourselves to be,
who we hope our children and friends see when they are in our presence.
The song need not have words or even a good rhythm,
Words need not rhyme or even make sense.
But, it should touch our hearts and be a reminder to our ears.
Herman is my friend, my brother and my song.
My song of dignity, strength, patience and love.
That song that allowed me to sing off key yet remain in harmony with the world.
A song that played catch with a scrawny thirteen year old,
And filled me with the confidence to do so.
He was my song of Alpha before I understood the word;
Even in the solitude of his quiet moments with the brothers
His mere presence brought us a sense of stability and honor.
A song that made us close our eyes or tap our feet,
or laugh or cry or simply smile.
It need have no other element that the inward knowledge that
It is of this life our song.
Life demands that have we find that melody within
us that allows us to be all that God intended for us.
There are no other demands made upon us by life but this.
To have a song. Herman is my favorite song.