Julia's Song

From my first breath, you're everywhere I look.
Holding me in your presence, knowing your essence.
Feeding me body and soul, in your arms I'm whole.
Too small to speak, in my heart, you I keep.

Gone with a single breath, you're not everywhere I look.
Gone without good-byes as Momma softly cries.
Where is your strong touch? I'm missing you so much.
Too small to weep, in my heart, you I keep.

Time holds it's breath, you're not everywhere I look.
A call goes out, your silence a shout.
A mother's worst news, a first born to lose.
Uncle can't sleep, in my heart, you I keep.

With my every breath, you're not everywhere I look.
A wind from afar carries a voice similar.
I listen for you in his voice, taking comfort, I've no choice.
Too small to speak, in my heart, you I keep.

With passing breaths, you're not everywhere I look.
Your pictures put away, then back to stay.
My hurt has no tears, your absence my fear.
Too small to cry, in my heart saying goodbye.

Years pass

With a halting breath, you're everywhere I look.
Holding me in your memory, knowing you are near to me.
Away but not gone, I'm left with your song.
I can now speak, in my life, you I keep.

-- Uncle Mark, September 2, 2000