shines warm and bright
and illuminates the stage on which I’ve grown
The stars have all come out, twinkling all about
the makeshift, ragged shanty
I call home.
The time is right to come on inside
Take off this meagre cloak, so thin and cold
Come sit beside me here, reflect in solemn mirth
Skin warmed memories, time drawn within
As we release your body to the earth
‘Tis life, you understand
And you were but a man who followed dreams and made your way
a wandr’ing soul so very much like me
It was the very best you could
With open heart you bid the world come in, denied the painful sting
We mourn the vacant mark on which you stood.
Left the cage, the bird is flying high,
a Phoenix in a molten sky
awakened from the dream of waking sleep
The stage is free, my friend, all beginning with no end
A script complete . . . you truly know your part
One morning more too late
this document of fate
Assisted by a company of stars.
You stopped in for a while and gave us cause to smile
To cast our cares upon the bitter ground
But now the die is cast and you are free at last
Hastened, though, it seems to be, to some
Journey on, o’ sweet and brilliant soul
And truly know what peaceful dreams may come.