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  • Siyahamba, hamba: we are marching, marching
    Siyahamb' ekukhanyen' kwenkhos': We are marching in the light of God.

    Tomorrow is suddenly today
    No other will do
    No alternate route
    Time now to stand up
    Time now to take with both hands
    And gently now, easy now
    Do and be all that needs must be done

    I can see it so clear


    Pull in to the parking lot
    Car door closes
    Automatic doors swing open before me
    The stairs
    The hallway
    The doors along the way
    Heads lift and turn
    A smile here and there along the way
    They know the walk
    They know the stops along the way
    They know the end
    Today he goes home

    Stop at the nurses’ station with a plate of treats
    A thank you
    for the late nights
    for the long days
    for being there

    The door is open before me
    breath deep now
    breath and stand tall and strong now
    step forward

    oh but my heart is breaking now
    oh it is so hard that today is the tomorrow I knew would come
    so hard to
    sit beside you
    hold you one last time
    look into your eyes without blinking
    without fear
    but knowing
    dear god knowing

    to say farewell
    to say it for now
    and hear it echo

    to say thank you
    for all time
    for all the times

    for fishing trips and late night drives
    for the angry words
    for holding me tight
    for handing me the wheel one day in the fog
    for being there when they brought me in that icy dark night
    for your arms around me

    for driving up the morning carly was born and the car broke down
    for the joy in your eyes when you held your grand daughter

    for telling me to write, just write, just write

    for teaching me
    to row a boat
    to sail
    to tie a knot

    all stories reach this point
    and then carry on
    without us
    but with us
    in the air we breath
    with us

    in sunsets
    waves along the shore
    and flashing lightening
    with me

    because when tomorrow is today
    I have to say good bye
    Say one more time
    I love you

    fare well my father
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