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  • You talked about so many things
    You said it was a sad thing
    When people are compelled
    To do what they do, so sad

    I didn't like to hear these things
    These things you would say about
    The way that people live and do
    What they do to get by in their lives

    I especially didn't like your talks
    About the sadness of those compelled
    To do the things they do, because
    I always thought you meant me

    My whole life was about being
    Compelled to do the things I did
    Addiction, affliction, seduction, compulsion
    All were the story of my life, then

    Always you talked, I couldn't help
    But listen to you ramble on about
    These things, your observations
    Your compassion for how we live

    Somewhere between all the things
    I always found myself compelled to do
    Your words broke through, ringing true
    And I considered the things you said

    Those talks I hated so, I came to love
    Your wisdom helped me to see
    How free I could be, to choose a
    Different way to be in this life

    There still are times I am compelled
    To do the things I do, I do
    And when I do, I laugh, I do
    I laugh and think of you, so true

    You were so true to who you were
    You lived it, talked it, breathed it
    You opened doors including mine
    And now I find myself compelled

    To say - thank you, Dad
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